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.

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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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Do not leave children in vehicles alone, especially in sun

August 13, 2013

During the warmest month of the year, the Washington State Patrol is urging adults to never leave a young child alone in a car — especially in the sun.

In 2013, at least 19 children nationwide have lost their lives after being left unattended in a motor vehicle during sunny weather. To date, none of these deaths have occurred in Washington. The Washington State Patrol would like to offer parents information and suggestions to help avoid this tragedy.

Even with the windows cracked 2 inches, the internal temperature of a motor vehicle can exceed 125 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes. On sunny days when the outside temperature may be in the 60s, the internal temperature of a motor vehicle can still exceed 110 degrees within one hour.

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Washington State Patrol targets texting drivers with extra patrols

August 6, 2013

NEW — 9:20 a.m., Aug. 6, 2013

The Washington State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will have extra patrols from Aug. 5-23, targeting distracted drivers, connected to the use of cellular phones or texting while driving in King County.

“Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the main reasons for collisions on our roadways, please help us by keeping our roadways safer by staying alert while driving,” Lt. Michael Rupert of the Washington State Patrol said.

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Issaquah man leaves baby alone in hot car

July 30, 2013

Father arrested for second-degree abandonment

31-year-old Issaquah man was arrested July 24 after leaving his 3-month-old son in the car while he shopped at a grocery store.

At about 7 p.m., in the 4500 block of Klahanie Drive Southeast, a woman heading into the QFC spotted a baby alone in a white Volvo, according to King County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West. After informing store employees in the shopping center in an attempt to find the baby’s parent, the woman called 911.

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Do not leave children in vehicles alone, especially in sun

July 30, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 30, 2013

As the warmest month of the year approaches, the Washington State Patrol is urging adults to never leave a young child alone in a car — especially in the sun.

In 2013, at least 19 children nationwide have lost their lives after being left unattended in a motor vehicle during sunny weather. To date, none of these deaths have occurred in Washington. The Washington State Patrol is offering parents information and suggestions to help avoid such a tragedy.

Even with the windows cracked 2 inches, the internal temperature of a motor vehicle can exceed 125 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes. On sunny days when the outside temperature may be in the 60s, the internal temperature of a motor vehicle can still exceed 110 degrees within one hour.

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Skyline grad Kasen Williams pays fine in Chelan County

July 16, 2013

Kasen Williams, the University of Washington’s leading receiver in 2012, paid a fine of $695.50 July 8 for a misdemeanor citation related to a May 26 incident in which he was pulled over in Chelan County for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana.

Williams, 20, a junior from Sammamish, took a voluntary breath test at the scene, according to court records. He blew a .059 percent and .056 percent, both under the legal limit of .08 percent.

Kasen Williams

Kasen Williams

Williams was arrested, but he was ultimately not charged with DUI. He was cited for being under 21 and operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or marijuana. As part of his citation, he was also placed on two years’ probation.

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