Tag Archive for Washington State Patrol

State Patrol car hit twice on I-5 in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says one of its cars was hit twice on Interstate 5 in Lakewood. The 30-year-old Federal Way man driving the other vehicle was arrested after he told the officer he hit his car intentionally…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

Old barn burned to destroy volatile explosives

WINLOCK, Wash. (AP) — After the Washington State Patrol bomb squad decided the best way to deal with deteriorated, volatile explosives found in an old Lewis County barn was to burn the old building, the Winlock Fire Department did just that…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

Car accident injures two after passenger grabs steering wheel

Washington State Patrol

Two teenagers were injured over the weekend after a passenger apparently grabbed the steering wheel and sent their car into a tree off of State Route 12 just East of Montesano.

The Washington State Patrol reports four teens were transported from the scene total, two as a precaution, just before 10:30 Saturday morning. Three of the teens were transported to Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma, the fourth to Grays Harbor Community in Aberdeen. They were all wearing their seatbelts and no drugs or alcohol were suspected. A cause, and any charges stemming from the accident remain under investigation.

Trooper injured in I-5 crash in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Patrol suspects a driver was drunk when his vehicle crashed into two patrol cars stopped at an accident on Interstate 5 in Seattle, injuring a trooper…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

Wash. State Patrol: school bus in ditch; all OK

BUCKLEY, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says no one was hurt when a school bus with 26 high school and middle school students on board crashed into a ditch Monday afternoon near the Pierce County town of Buckley…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

Minister accused of abuse reported in Spokane-area

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says investigators have acted on 20 or 30 tips this week as they check locations in the Spokane-area in their search for a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing at least two girls in rural Minnesota…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

Pacific County accident sends four to hospital

A two vehicle accident sent four to the hospital yesterday morning, after an SUV drifted off of the road, over corrected, and slid sideways into an oncoming vehicle. The Washington State Patrol reports a 2000 Dodge Durango was headed West on State Route 6 about 8 miles East of Raymond, when it drifted into a gravel shoulder, over corrected, and slid sideways into an oncoming 2011 Ford Fusion.
A 62 year old Raymond man driving the Durango, and a 15 year old Raymond passenger were wearing their seatbelts. They, along with a 67 year old Port Angeles man, and a 65 year old woman in the Fusion were transported to Willipa Harbor Hospital with various injuries.
The State Patrol reports a cause and any charges stemming from the accident remain under investigation.

State troopers collide in chase near Lynnwood

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Two Washington State Patrol cars collided as the troopers were on their way to help in a stolen car chase early Tuesday near Lynnwood…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

State Patrol: Wash. mudslide area not for tourists

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Three weeks after the deadly Oso mudslide, the Washington State Patrol wants drivers to know the slide area is “not a tourist attraction.”… …read more

From: AP Washington News

Washington State Patrol: Trooper Cadet Taser Training

WSP Taser Training

On any given day, in any given situation, any Washington State trooper may be confronted with an aggressive subject. Verbal de-escalation is always the goal, but is not always successful. This is why troopers are given a number of other tools to defend themselves should the need arise. One of those tools is the Taser.   

In the latest edition of our “Good to Know” series, Sergeant Shannon Bendiksen and Corporal Paul Cagle briefly describe the Taser’s function and show you some of the training trooper cadets have to endure.   

“The short time that they’re incapacitated is just what’s needed to apply the ‘cuffs, and at that point most suspects stop fighting,” Bendiksen said.

The Washington State Patrol video can be viewed here.

Trooper cadets are exposed to the effects of the Taser for three main reasons. It builds confidence in their equipment, allows them to realize the strengths and limitations of the device, and gives them practice handcuffing a subject after the Taser was fired. 

Any display or actual use of the Taser by a WSP trooper must be reported to their supervisor for review.