Washington State Patrol

Skagit River Bridge
4:44 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Washington State Patrol Cites Truck Driver In Skagit Bridge Collapse

A water level view of the accident scene following the collapse of the bridge spanning the Skagit River.
Credit National Transportation Safety Board

The Washington State Patrol has ticketed the driver of an oversize load that collapsed the Skagit River Bridge in May of 2013.

The State Patrol announced the $550 fine Monday and released its final report into the bridge collapse. The report concluded the oversize load was two inches over legal height.

The investigation concluded that a pole on the pilot car leading the oversize load did hit the bridge. But instead of moving to the center lane where there was enough clearance, the truck’s driver stayed in the right lane.

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Northwest News
7:24 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Washington State Patrol Unveils New Breathalyzer Machines

Credit Morten Gade / Flickr

After four years of testing and assessment, the Washington State Patrol rolled out its new breathalyzer machines Tuesday.

Trooper Mel Sterkel was running the new Draeger Alcotest 95-10 through its paces.

"And now the second sample," Sterkel says.

A tone in the background is the machine taking the breath sample as the media's cameras click and whirr. He breathes into a tube for about 5 seconds. That's enough to provide 1.5 liters of air, the minimum needed for a valid sample.

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Governor's Office Break-In
5:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Video Released Of Break-In At Washington Governor’s Office

This image from a surveillance camera in Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s office lobby shows two female burglary suspects on the evening of Sunday, June 15th. The one on the left has just taken a State Patrol ceremonial hat and put it on. The women were later arrested and the stolen items recovered.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

It doesn’t rise to the level of the Watergate break-in. But the Washington State Patrol Friday released surveillance video of a recent burglary in Governor Jay Inslee’s office. Instead of political skullduggery, this appears to be a crime of opportunity.

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Washington Police
5:26 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Stopped By A Trooper? Don’t Reach For Your Registration

The Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers what to do and not do if you’re stopped.
Credit Washington State Patrol

The summer driving season is approaching. That means road trips and family adventures. But also the chance of getting pulled over by the police for speeding or some other moving violation. The Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers what to do and not do if you’re stopped.

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State Patrol Radio
5:52 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Lawmakers Raise Concerns About Troubled State Patrol Radio System

One of the new Washington State Patrol portable radios by Motorola.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington’s troubled State Patrol radio system is getting fresh scrutiny from state lawmakers. The Joint Transportation Committee got an update Wednesday on the $40 million conversion to digital technology.  

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Icy Roads
4:50 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Watching For 'Spray' And Other Tips For Navigating Icy Roads

File photo. Winter is just arriving and potentially icy commutes could be around for months in the Northwest.
Michael @ NW Lens Flickr

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 3:46 pm

The Northwest’s deep freeze is over for most of the region, but snow remains in some areas and winter is just arriving. That means more cold temperatures and potentially icy commutes in the months ahead.

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Wash. Marijuana Law
5:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Washington State Patrol Doesn't Expect Big Changes From New Pot Law

The new law allowing marijuana possession contains a new limit on marijuana components in a driver’s bloodstream.
Credit Chmee2 / Wikimedia Commons

Officials with the Washington State Patrol say they don’t expect the initiative legalizing marijuana to alter their work very much. While the law contains a new limit on marijuana in a driver’s bloodstream, state troopers will continue to look at a driver’s behavior to see who is impaired.

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Bizarre Incidents At State Capitols
4:33 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Bizarre Incidents At Wash. And Oregon State Capitols

The three-foot Samurai sword recovered from a man arrested near the Oregon Capitol building on Saturday.
Oregon State Police

The Washington and Oregon state capitols have been the scenes of two bizarre incidents in recent days. Both involved apparently mentally unstable men. One had a gallon of gasoline, the other wielded a samurai sword.

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Wash State Patrol Radio Upgrades
5:59 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Static In Olympia Over Wash. State Patrol Radio Upgrade

Bob Schwent of the Washington State Patrol with a new $6,800 Motorola portable radio that troopers will soon carry.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Just like the rest of us, police officers use cell phones and smart phones. But in an emergency, they still rely on old-fashioned two-way radios to communicate. In Washington, the State Patrol is about to upgrade that radio system to meet new federal standards. The $26 million contract went to Motorola with no opportunity for other companies to bid. Now the project is under fierce criticism from a tech-savvy Washington state lawmaker.

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