Trooper tales

April 8, 2014

Book details a life in the Washington State Patrol

If Jack Webb was ever to jump off the silver screen of “Dragnet” and plop down in front of an old Selectric typewriter to chronicle his adventures into a memoir, it might look and sound a lot like what’s in the pages of John Young’s “Super Trooper.”

By Greg Farrar John Young holds a plaque that recognizes his graduation from the 150th session of the FBI National Academy, a 10-week training program for law enforcement officers nationwide. Framed on the wall is a shoulder patch from every state patrol in the country.

By Greg Farrar
John Young holds a plaque that recognizes his graduation from the 150th session of the FBI National Academy, a 10-week training program for law enforcement officers nationwide. Framed on the wall is a shoulder patch from every state patrol in the country.

After nearly 30 years within the ranks of the Washington State Patrol, the 74-year-old Olympia native, now living in the Issaquah Highlands, found himself sharing tales of his exploits from the earlier years on the force at family or friendly gatherings. Such as this anecdote:

“The only other time I was truly scared, I thought I had stopped Patty Hearst and her crew,” he said in a recent interview, recalling the newspaper heiress who was kidnapped and eventually joined her captors in a bank heist.

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Roundabout fail

April 1, 2014

By Peter Clark A log truck overturned on the roundabout at East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 43rd Way March 27, spilling its load across the road. At least three cars were hit, but there were no serious injuries reported. Issaquah Police and Washington State Patrol officers responded to the scene, closing off the north entrance to clean up the roadway.

By Peter Clark
A log truck overturned on the roundabout at East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Southeast 43rd Way March 27, spilling its load across the road. At least three cars were hit, but there were no serious injuries reported. Issaquah Police and Washington State Patrol officers responded to the scene, closing off the north entrance to clean up the roadway.

State Patrol hosts law enforcement camp

March 11, 2014

High-school juniors and seniors with an interest in law enforcement will have an opportunity to spend a week this summer learning about roles and job opportunities within the profession.

Applications are being accepted for the 37th annual Washington State – Kiwanis Youth Law Enforcement Camp, held July 20-26 at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton.

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Wrong-way, head-on collision injures two

February 25, 2014

Two men were injured in an early morning head-on collision on Interstate 90 Feb. 23.

The Washington State Patrol said a 2002 Volkswagen Passat was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of the highway, when a 2006 Lincoln Town Car struck it head on.

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I-5 Challenge nets zero holiday traffic fatalities

December 10, 2013

Motorists in Washington met the Thanksgiving Weekend I-5 Challenge to “arrive alive” with no traffic fatalities on Interstate 5 during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Not only did the Washington State Patrol have extra troopers out on I-5, there were extra troopers out statewide. Preliminary data shows the trooper’s efforts statewide were:

  • 268 drivers arrested for DUI
  • 8,082 drivers stopped for speeding
  • 478 drivers stopped for seat belt violations

The Oregon State Patrol also reported zero fatalities on I-5 and California Highway Patrol reported just one fatality during the challenge.

State law enforcement officers from San Diego, Calif., through Oregon, and up to Bellingham, used a mix of education outreach and enforcement to get voluntary compliance of traffic laws. The Thanksgiving Holiday (6 p.m. Nov. 27 through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 1) is one of the busiest travel times of the year on the nation’s highways.

Issaquah woman involved in police chase, fiery crash

November 19, 2013

A 36-year-old Issaquah resident, Kristine L. Espindola, rode shotgun in a high-speed police chase that ended in a fiery crash Nov. 8.

A 47-year-old Bellevue man allegedly led troopers on a chase on Interstate 90 before wrecking his 2013 Porsche Panamera into a building on Mercer Island.

Reports from the Washington State Patrol say Peter E. Kern fled from troopers while speeding in the eastbound express lanes of I-90 at about 11:30 p.m.

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Nearly 1,300 drivers ticketed for distracted driving

September 9, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2013

In the past six weeks, law enforcement agencies throughout King County have participated in emphasis patrols to reduce the number of people driving while distracted.

The patrols targeted drivers using cellular phones, texting or involved in other behavior that affected their ability to drive in a safe manner.

More than 1,100 citations were issued to drivers for the use of cellphones and 180 drivers were ticketed for texting while driving. Law enforcement made more than 2,300 contacts with drivers, which included driving while suspended and DUI. Officers also made arrests of subjects with felony warrants, and recovered two stolen vehicles.

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Spend a day online with the state patrol Aug. 29

August 27, 2013

Get an inside look at operations of the Washington State Patrol Aug. 29, courtesy of Twitter and Facebook. The WSP will tweet events that happen around the state in real time via #daywithWSP.

While the public may recognize the troopers in white cars who respond to collisions and disabled vehicles, they may not know the WSP employees who work behind the scenes to keep the public safe on the roads, at work and at home.

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Search continues for fiery collision witnesses

August 20, 2013

The Washington State Patrol continues to search for witnesses to an Aug. 11 collision that occurred on Interstate 90 and Sunset Way.

At about 2:40 a.m., a black 1997 Honda Civic was traveling at high speed. A short time later, it careened into the median, fell down a ravine and struck a tree before catching fire.

WASHINGTON STATE PATROL PHOTO Police recovered a barely recognizable 1997 Honda Civic from a ravine off interstate 90 following a fiery crash, which sent the passenger to the hospital and the driver into custody.

WASHINGTON STATE PATROL PHOTO
Police recovered a barely recognizable 1997 Honda Civic from a ravine off interstate 90 following a fiery crash, which sent the passenger to the hospital and the driver into custody.

Police detained a man believed to be the driver, who was walking along the interstate without a shirt. Responding firefighters found a passenger in the wreck and immediately took her to Harborview Medical Center, where she remains.

Detectives are seeking witnesses that may have seen the collision or any event leading up to the incident or after it. Anyone with information should call Detective Greg Wilcoxson 401-7746 or Detective Sergeant Stacy Moate 401-7745.

 

Officials seek witnesses of fiery I-90 crash

August 13, 2013

The Washington State Patrol is looking for witnesses to a fiery crash the morning of Aug. 10 that left a woman in critical condition.

Trooper Chris Webb said that at 2:40 a.m., on Interstate 90 at the Sunset Way exit, a Honda Civic driven by 20-year old Kyle Allar, with 20-year-old Angela Christoulis in the passenger seat, collided into a guardrail. The force drove the vehicle over the edge of the road and down into a ravine, where it caught fire.

Troopers did not find the car until 4 a.m., when they spotted a pedestrian walking down the side of the interstate. Webb said Allar was shirtless and intoxicated, with a seatbelt mark across his chest indicating a wreck. After questioning the Woodinville man, troopers searched for the vehicle.

“It was burned beyond recognition,” Webb said. “The troopers heard and eventually located the female.”

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