May 20, 2014
The Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers that state law requires them to slow down, and move left if safe, when passing emergency vehicles stopped beside the roadway.
Emergency vehicles include police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles with emergency lights activated.
The law went into effect in 2011, after a series of incidents involving not only police cars, but other emergency vehicles, and the death of a tow truck driver.
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.”
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.
April 1, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.