Friday morning I woke up to a couple of inches of snow on the ground at my house. Nothing too extreme, just headed off to work as usual.
Apparently the conditions were a little too much for some folks:
Washington State DOT trucks were doing a good job managing the trace amount of snow that was on the roadways.
When I got into Arlington the snow gave Olympic Avenue a nice holiday look.
Nice to have a little of the white stuff this time of the year.
[UPDATE 05-25-13: A 72 year old man in a vehicle that was struck by the felony suspect died as a result of the accident.]
Lynnwood had a quick (two minutes) pursuit tonight that resulted in a multiple vehicle accident that sent two to Harborview.
Apparently the suspect they were in pursuit of had a felony warrant. Hopefully getting him in custody was worth the carnage that resulted from this pursuit.
Here is more video and audio from today’s pursuit of a stolen Honda that began in Arlington, ending in Smokey Point. The pursuit lasted about 30 minutes, involved Arlington Police, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and Marysville Police.
At one point one of the Deputy’s involved in the pursuit requested the launch of Snohomish County’s Helicopter to assist with the pursuit.
In the end the suspect wrecked the Honda on I-5 and fled on foot, finally apprehended in the prestigious Smokey Point Motor Inn.
Some footage from this morning:
Love the unmarked full-size Dodge pickup. Super practical for law enforcement/revenue generation.
A little after 8am this morning a Snohomish County Sheriff motorcycle unit was involved in a single vehicle accident while getting on I-5 from Smokey Point. Hopefully the deputy is okay. He was flown via Airlift Northwest to Harborview, so one must assume he was in critical condition to justify the use of an advanced life support helicopter.
Just three days ago, another deputy flipped his patrol car while making a u-turn in South Everett.
This is roughly the same spot that another SCSO motor deputy was involved in a single vehicle accident, just 6 months ago, also in the rain.
I guess the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has no issue with the motor units operating in severe weather, based on the license plate frame of the motorcycle involved in today’s accident.
I hope the deputy recovers fully, and I also hope the Sheriff’s office takes a hard look at their motorcycle unit’s policy of operating in lousy weather conditions. So far this year they have had at least two deputies end up in the hospital because they felt the need to write traffic citations was worth the risk of riding motorcycles in craptastic weather. Snohomish County is not alone in this risky behavior- Lynnwood Police has their motor units ride in to the city when it’s snowing.
A quick update to my earlier post about the deputy who rolled his patrol car in Everett earlier today. Sounds like it was not a “hit and run” as originally reported.
Apparently the stolen BMW that was somehow involved in the total destruction of his county issued patrol car was taken from a woman in Everett. The reason it was stolen? She needed to charge her ipod. So naturally, rather than use a home charger, it’s more convenient to just leave the keys in your car to charge the device. Unfortunately this resulted in her car being stolen, which complicated the whole iPod experience.
Here’s the audio, courtesy of Snohomish County Scanner:
Police Audio- BMW Stolen w/ keys in it to charge iPod
Steve Jobs would be sick to his stomach if he knew one of his devices triggered a series of events that resulted in a patrol car being destroyed, an L&I claim, massive medical costs associated with a EMS transport to Harborview and a multi agency police response.
Hopefully the Everett woman was able to recover her iPod, fully charged.
Around 4:20PM today a Snohomish County Sheriff Deputy was involved in a rollover accident near Mariner High School. Unclear exactly what happened, the media is calling it a “hit and run”. The other vehicle involved was apparently a stolen silver BMW, the driver apparently fled the scene on foot. The deputy was transported to Harborview but will be okay according to early reports.
While listening to the investigating units on scene I heard them ask for confirmation that the BMW showed contact marks from hitting the SCSO unit. The radio traffic from investigator on the scene indicated no marks on the BMW indicated that it struck the Sheriff vehicle.
Here is some radio traffic from the incident obtained from Snohomish County Scanner, and shared with their permission:
Audio from SCSO Rollover Accident 11-19-2012
Always nice to see folks pull over to help when someone is involved in a car accident. It’s not uncommon for citizens to offer life-saving help to the critically injured before EMS arrives. Most do it because it’s the right thing to do, maybe hoping it will help with their “karma”.
Well according to this WSP Press Memo it didn’t work out so well in this case. Yesterday there was a serious accident in the Marysville area, several folks pulled over to help. Most people simply hop out of their cars and don’t even think of locking or securing their belongings. Apparently that’s the case with a woman who pulled over to help out a 74 year old man and his passenger involved in an accident yesterday. When she returned to her vehicle she noticed an envelope containing approximately $900 was missing. Seems a piece of human garbage took advantage of her good will and helped themselves to her belongings.
WASHINGTON STATE PATROL PRESS MEMO
DATE: 20121110 TIME: 1304 INV UNIT: 1009 – TROOPER NANCE
LOCATION:N5 JN 12TH ST COUNTY: SNOHOMISH NBR VEH: 02 CARS: 02 TRUCKS: 00 MOTORCYCLES: 00 NBR INJ: 00 DECEASED: 00 DRUGS OR ALCOHOL INVOLVED: NO
VEHICLE 1 NORTHBOUND I5 LANE 2. VEHICLE 2 NORTHBOUND I5 LANE 3.VEHICLE 1 RAPIDLY ACCELERATED CROSSED ALL LANES STRUCK VEHICLE 2. VEHICLE 1 CONTINUED LEFT THE ROADWAY TO THE RIGHT CAME TO REST IN A DRAINAGE DITCH. GOOD SAMARITAN STOPPED TO ASSIST AND HAD A LARGE SUM OF MONEY STOLEN FROM HER VEHICLE.
Shortly after 11am this morning I heard Arlington responding to a report of a 2 year old that was struck by a vehicle. They requested airlift for transport, and I was coming through the area so I waited for Airlift NW to show up. No details on the nature of the injuries, after airlift landed the airlift nurse hopped in the medic rig and they took off for 10-15 minutes. When they came back they put the patient in the helicopter and it headed south.
Update 5:30pm-KIRO ended up using some of my footage on the 5pm news:
Marysville police engaged a reported car prowler in a pursuit that began just after midnight on April 19th. A fairly short pursuit ended when the suspect hit a power pole near Highway 9 and Soper Hill Road. The suspect was ejected and power lines went down in the area. Here is the audio of the chase and the resulting chaos afterwards: Audio from 04-19-12 marysville pursuit