March 19, 2015
NEW — 3:11 p.m. March 19, 2015
Washington State Patrol detectives say it’s the easiest auto theft arrest they’d ever had.
An alert motorist, recognizing a stolen vehicle he’d seen from a posting on a European motorist Facebook club, saw the vehicle driving in the Issaquah area on Wednesday, according to a WSP news release.
The motorist got video of the suspect driving around Issaquah and used his cellular phone to report his observations, and then continued following it along Interstate 90 between Issaquah and Bellevue.
The vehicle exited I-90 and drove into the Washington State Patrol district office parking lot in Bellevue, where troopers arrested the driver for auto theft at about 3 p.m.
March 15, 2015
NEW — 1 p.m. March 15, 2015
A teenage driver was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident along Highlands Drive Northeast at about 9 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the city of Issaquah.
The 16-year-old girl, who was the only occupant in the vehicle, was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed along Highlands Drive between Northeast Discovery Drive and Interstate 90.
She lost control of the vehicle, crossed all opposite traffic lanes and went over a guardrail into a wooded area below the roadway.
The driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.
Issaquah police are on the scene investigating the accident with assistance from the Washington State Patrol, the release said. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
Drivers should prepare for possible delays. As the investigation continues, only one lane of northbound Highlands Drive is open. All southbound lanes are open.
November 18, 2014
The victims’ description of their alleged attacker helped lead to the arrest of a suspect in connection with a home invasion Nov. 9, Issaquah Police Cmdr. Bob Porter said.
The initial incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Newport Way Northwest. Bellevue police arrested the suspect at about 4:15 p.m. Nov. 10.
October 14, 2014
At 2:11 p.m. Oct. 9, midday commuter traffic was snarled in both directions of Interstate 90 near Preston after a multicar accident.
Joshua M. Harris, 28, of North Bend, was traveling eastbound in a 2007 Jeep Compass and crossed the center grass median, causing a four-car chain reaction accident, according to the Washington State Patrol.
August 12, 2014
A motorcyclist suffered severe injuries Aug. 6, after vaulting over the Interstate 90 Highlands Drive exit overpass into the east fork of Issaquah Creek below.
A Washington State Patrol trooper clocked two motorcycles over the speed limit heading eastbound on I-90 and initiated a traffic stop, according to Trooper Karim Boukabou.
“A trooper was working general traffic and saw the two motorcycles accelerate at a big rate,” he said. “They were going about 22 miles over the speed limit.”
August 7, 2014
NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 7, 2014
A motorcyclist who suffered severe injuries Aug. 6, after vaulting over the Interstate 90 Issaquah Highlands exit overpass into the east fork of Issaquah Creek below has been identified as 22-year-old Jeffrey Kimmel, of Newcastle.
Two motorcyclists were eluding a state trooper when they exited eastbound I-90 onto the Highlands Drive Northeast exit, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Kimmel, riding a yellow Ducati 749, failed to negotiate the ramp’s severe turn, launching both himself and his motorcycle off the overpass.
June 17, 2014
Sure, marijuana is legal now, but not for everyone at all times.
The Issaquah City Council Services & Safety Committee took steps in giving the Issaquah Police Department tools to enforce restrictions to recreational marijuana use June 2. The drug still remains illegal in many circumstances.
“We’d be adopting the state law that says it’s illegal to consume marijuana in view of the general public,” City Associate Planner Jason Rogers said about possible council action.
The same state law regulates the age of consumption to 21 and older, as well as criminalizes driving under the influence of marijuana.
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