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Category: Washington State Patrol

April
30th

The president isn’t in town today, but there was a motorcade

We’ve gotten questions today about what appears to be a law enforcement motorcade traveling through Pierce County.

People want to know why entrances to Interstate 5 were closed at various times and what the apparent escort was for.

Is the president in town? One caller asked.

No.

But officers from multiple agencies did participate in an annual motor escort training exercise, hosted by the State Patrol, trooper Guy Gill said.

Officers traveled three pre-planned routes from Tacoma to Nisqually and back, Gill said.

“We do this training once a year so we are all on the same page and escorts that involve multiple

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April
1st

State Patrol seeks witnesses to Sunday crash on northbound I-5 in Federal Way

The State Patrol is looking for witnesses to a Sunday night crash that happened on northbound Interstate 5 in Federal Way.

A gold Chrysler 300 crashed just before 11 p.m. with a concrete barrier on the freeway and rolled over onto its top near South 272nd Street, according to the State Patrol.

Troopers said there were three people in the vehicle, and that the driver was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence and vehicular assault.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 425-401-7719.

Further details were not immediately available.

March
18th

Troopers arrested 51 suspected drunken drivers in Pierce, Thurston counties over weekend

Washington State Patrol troopers said they arrested 51 suspected drunken drivers in Pierce and Thurston counties over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Additional law enforcement officers patrolled the roads in an effort to cut down on DUIs over the holiday weekend. Numbers from the overall emphasis patrol were not immediately available.

March
17th

Boy, 9, dies day after allegedly impaired uncle crashed car in Purdy

A 9-year-old boy died tonight after he was ejected Saturday from a car driven by his uncle.

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Marce Edwards confirmed tonight that the boy has died. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet identified him.

The crash about 1:30 a.m. Saturday happened as the driver tried to exit from westbound state Route 16 to Purdy Drive, lost control, and flipped the vehicle, according to the State Patrol.

The 26-year-old Gig Harbor man admitted to drinking “too much” and using marijuana prior to driving, troopers said. His blood alcohol level was more than

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March
17th

CLEARED: Westbound SR 16, overpass closed at Olympic Drive NW after semi hit bridge

Westbound state Route 16 reopened just after 8 p.m. after being closed for nearly seven hours at Olympic Drive Northwest when a semitrailer crashed into the overpass there this afternoon.

The truck with an oversized load lodged itself under the bridge and spread concrete debris across the road about 1:15 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.

Crews had to chip away damaged concrete and inspect the overpass before reopening the road below, though traffic could get through on the right shoulder during part of the closure, WSDOT spokeswoman Claudia Bingham Baker said.

She said about 5:45 p.m. that

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March
16th

Boy, 9, in critical condition after allegedly drunk uncle flips car on SR 16 in Purdy

A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition this morning after he was thrown from a vehicle driven by his uncle, who Washington State Patrol troopers said was drunk and high on marijuana.

The crash happened about 1:30 a.m. on westbound state Route 16 as he tried to exit Purdy Drive to state Route 302. The driver, a 26-year-old Gig Harbor man, lost control and flipped the 1990 Acura Integra.

The driver and the 9-year-old boy up front were thrown from the car. A 9-year-old girl in the backseat who was wearing her seat belt was not injured.

“This is heartbreaking,”

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March
14th

Semitrailer driver arrested on I-5 in Fife for investigation of DUI, truck was hauling 100,000 pounds of concrete

A semitrailer driver was arrested today for investigation of DUI, after a commuter called 911 about 10 a.m. to report an erratic driver on northbound Interstate 5 at Berkeley Street Southwest, according to the State Patrol.

The man was pulled over shortly after the call on the freeway in Fife, just north of the Port of Tacoma, Trooper Guy Gill said.

Gill said the semi was hauling 100,000 pounds of concrete blocks, and that the driver’s roadside breath test result was more than twice the legal limit, four times the legal limit for commercial drivers, which is .04 percent.

“The

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March
13th

Trooper shot in thigh when his weapon accidentally discharges during training, according to State Patrol

A trooper accidentally shot himself in the thigh while doing training exercises at the State Patrol Training Academy in Shelton today.

The 46-year-old man, who has worked for the State Patrol for 13 years, is in satisfactory condition at Mason General Hospital, State Patrol Public Information Officer Freddy Williams said.

The bullet entered the trooper’s thigh when he had an unintentional discharge about 3:45 p.m., Williams said.

No one else was injured.

The trooper works in the commercial vehicle division out of Poulsbo, Williams said.

The quarterly firearm training exercises are required for all troopers, Williams said.

It hasn’t been

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