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Washington State Trooper Takes Hit to Stop Wrong Way Driver

September 25, 2012  | 

Washington State Trooper Andrew Boyer was dispatched to a report of a driver going west in the eastbound lanes of Highway 520,  patrol spokeswoman Trooper Julie Judson told the Associated Press.

The crash disabled the patrol car with a broken axle. The wrong-way car was able to drive away. It continued to Interstate 5, still going the wrong direction before it broke down.

The driver got out and tried to run away by jumping over a barrier. He fell about 20 feet, was arrested by Seattle police and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The 26-year-old Seattle man apparently was under the influence of alcohol and will face drunken driving and other charges, Judson said.

Read Full AP Story at:SeattleTimes.com

Tags: Washington State Patrol, State Troopers, DUI


Comments (8)

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Jim A @ 9/25/2012 6:42 PM

Nice Job, Trooper Boyer. You very likely saved lives or serious injury. As an officer, I am proud to work alongside your guys (troops in Goldendale Detachment). I am sure your supervisors are proud of you.

Jim A

serpico155 @ 9/25/2012 6:42 PM

Sounds like the trooper assessed the situation and took the necessary.. common-sense action.. probably saving a few lives ..good job ...lets hope his superiors..have some common-sense also ..at the squad accident hearing and not suspend..him for damage to the squad ..chuck 155 Retired . Deputy sheriff

Cam in Montana @ 9/25/2012 11:50 PM

Indeed this trooper was thinking, not of himself, but of others. I only hope the inevitable IA will see it that way. Up here, kinda who you know type, blink, blink. Best of luck to you Trooper Boyer. Keep the good work up.

Trigger @ 9/26/2012 5:31 AM

Great job...unfortunately I have know cops who have been written up
for this (sad but true).

Donutplz @ 9/26/2012 9:23 AM

Great Job in protecting the public! I only hope your supervisors feel the same way. Its unfortunate that some agencies have a no ramming or blocking policy. I can see my dept not using common sense in deciding this issue.

Gregory Acres @ 9/26/2012 10:19 AM

I'd like to know if Trooper Boyer is having any blowback from IA. Maybe we could raise some h*ll on Trooper Boyer's behalf. We need to make a stand for our brave LE and show our support. Thank you Trooper Boyer, thanks to all your brother and sister troopers for what you do every single day.

Bob@Az. @ 9/27/2012 10:27 AM

To All the Above: Your dead on!! This Trooper acted in a manner that is above & beyond what is required. I agree with Gregory Acres, lets let IA know how we feel, MAYBE if the Editor could pass these posts on to the right people?? Blues, Stay Safe.

Doug M. @ 9/28/2012 11:30 AM

"opsmail(at)wsp.wa.gov" is their contact address. I doubt they want to deal with the public outcry if anything negative happened to the trooper, since this incident got a lot of publicity. (Although based on history, it is not otherwise an unreasonable concern.)

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