Here’s a news release issued by Pierce County today:
Law enforcement officers arrested 10 motorists for impaired driving
during their monthly emphasis Friday, Oct. 27. The Tacoma/Pierce County
DUI Task Force targeted Fife, Milton and the adjacent I-5 corridor as
part of the annual “Surround the Sound” traffic emphasis patrol that
included Pierce and nine other Western Washington counties.
“The area was filled with impaired drivers celebrating Halloween
early,” said Lt. Kevin Farris of the Fife Police Department, which
coordinated the special patrol in cooperation with the Washington State
An additional 98 citations were issued for other traffic safety
violations including aggressive driving and speeding. One driver was
arrested for possessing 135 grams of marijuana. The Washington State
Liquor Control Board, working with an underage operative and police
officers, wrote 11 citations for minors in possession, selling alcohol
to minors and allowing minors to frequent premises where alcohol was
The emphasis patrol was dedicated to Phillip Schmolke, who was killed
by a drunk driver Nov. 21, 2004 while turning into his driveway on SR
702. Officers handed out flyers in memory of Schmolke to each motorist
they stopped. The victim had been active in his church and was a former
volunteer with the Eatonville Police Department.
“It’s impossible to know whether the 10 drivers we took off the
road would have hurt or killed someone Friday night, but we didn’t
give them the chance to find out,” said Gig Harbor Police Chief Mike
Davis, task force chair.
Participants included the Bonney Lake, Fife, Lakewood, Milton, Pacific,
Puyallup, Sumner, Tacoma, and University Place police departments, the
Washington State Patrol and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.