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Category: Washington State Patrol


State Patrol: Tacoma man arrested for driving under the influence with 5 improperly seat-belted children in vehicle

A Tacoma man had five children and two adult passengers in his vehicle when he was stopped Saturday night and arrested for driving under the influence, according to State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill.

A trooper pulled over the 34-year-old man about 11:30 p.m. when the vehicle he was driving at mile 10 of westbound state Route 410 drifted into the oncoming lane and to the right shoulder of the road, Gill said.

A breathalyzer test showed the suspect’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit of 0.08, according to the State Patrol.

Troopers arrested the driver for investigation of

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UPDATE: Man killed in Purdy hit-and-run identified, suspect charged

A license plate left at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in Purdy Saturday helped lead troopers to the suspect, who pleaded not guilty Monday to failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving death.

Christopher Kovacs, 43 of Gig Harbor, was ordered held pending $25,000 bail.

Troopers said Kovacs turned left in front of 21-year-old Jacob Daniel Converse, also of Gig Harbor, who was riding a Yamaha scooter south on state Route 302 at the time and died from his injuries, court records show.

Kovacs was heading north on the highway in a 2003 Ford Excursion, when

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Bumblebee throws tree branch onto I-5 from overpass

Initial reports to troopers about 4 p.m. of someone in a bumblebee costume on the Interstate 5 overpass at South 48th Street made more sense when dispatchers explained a small child had thrown a tree branch onto the freeway.

No one was hurt, and a trooper is en route to remove the branch, according to the State Patrol.


Federal Way man, driver injured in Mason County rollover crash

A Federal Way man, 31, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after a one-vehicle rollover crash in Mason County Sunday afternoon.

The 26-year-old Burien man driving the Mitsubishi van that crashed was also flown to the hospital, the State Patrol said.

Their conditions were not immediately available Sunday.

According to the State Patrol, they were heading south on U.S. Highway 101 13 miles north of Hoodsport about 1 p.m., when the vehicle drifted into the ditch and rolled onto the driver’s side, breaking the windshield.

Both occupants fell out of the van.

What caused the crash is still being investigated.

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CLEARED: Police blocking SR 509 near I-705

UPDATE as of 9 p.m. All lanes are cleared, according to the state. Trooper Guy Gill said it appeared someone was trying to jump from the Pacific Avenue Bridge earlier, but that the suspect is now safe and in custody.

INITIAL POST: Police are blocking both directions of state Route 509 near Interstate 705, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The incident started about 8 p.m.

The State Patrol and Tacoma police are at the scene.

Further details are not immediately available. Check back for updates.


State Patrol: Buckley woman injured when she hits light pole on state Route 164 in Auburn

A 74-year-old Buckley woman was injured this morning when her vehicle drifted to the shoulder of state Route 164 in Auburn and knocked over a light pole that blocked at least part of the road for nine hours, according to the State Patrol.

The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center. Her condition was not immediately available.

Troopers said the crash happened about 8 a.m. on westbound state Route 164 at 156th Avenue Northeast.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated.


State Patrol seeking witnesses to fatal crash near Auburn Saturday

The Washington State Patrol is looking for witnesses to a car crash that killed an 18-year-old man near Auburn Saturday.

Pavlo Myronets, of Federal Way, was driving a silver Toyota Scion TC north on state Route 167 when he left the road near the exit for 277th Street. The vehicle rolled over and landed in a grass ditch.

The accident happened about 4:50 a.m. Saturday.

Troopers said several feet of skid marks were found on the road before Myrontes rolled his car.

Anyone with information about the crash or saw Myrontes’ vehicle beforehand is asked to call WSP detectives at

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UPDATED: Man dies after running onto I-405, being hit by Buckley driver

UPDATE as of 6 a.m.: The man struck by the Jeep has died, according to the State Patrol.

INITIAL POST: A man is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center today, after troopers say he ran into traffic on Interstate 405 and was hit Friday night by a Jeep driven by a Buckley man.

According to the State Patrol:

A 25-year-old Bellevue woman pulled over the Blue 2000 Dodge Intrepid she was driving about 11 p.m. to the right side of I-405, just north of the exit to 112th Avenue Southeast near milepost 9 in Bellevue.

Her 27-year-old passenger, a

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