Drunks, deer wreck cop cars

A State Trooper and a deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office both got into accidents in the last eight days, though neither man was at fault.

Last Tuesday, Deputy Scott Davis totaled his car when, as one supervisor put it, “a deer exercised poor judgment” by running into traffic. The deer died, but Davis was unscathed in the collision on Highway 525 in Greenbank.

On Aug. 12, State Trooper William Knudson was involved in a rather bizarre collision involving three separate suspected drunk drivers on North Whidbey.

State Patrol Det. Don Cunningham said Knudson pulled over a suspected drunk driver at the intersection of Monkey Hill and Henni roads at around 11 p.m. The trooper took the 37-year-old suspect into custody and placed him into the back of his car.

While Knudson was stopped, another car came driving up to him. The trooper noticed that the 35-year-old woman also seemed intoxicated, so he had her park her car and get out.

Cunningham said the trooper was performing roadside sobriety tests when a third drunk driver came along at a high rate of speed. Knudson noticed the speeding car and tried to signal the driver to slow down. The car, however, rammed into the back of Knudson’s parked patrol car and then took off.

A deputy stopped the fleeing car and arrested the 24-year-old man on suspicion of “injury hit and run.” The man hasn’t been formally charged.

The other suspect who was inside the trooper’s car was slightly injured in the accident, Cunningham said, and went to the hospital for treatment.

But the accident and injury didn’t get the 37-year-old man out of trouble. He and the female DUI suspect were “processed” on suspicion of drinking and driving.

All three suspects are Oak Harbor residents. Cunningham said he didn’t know if they were all happened to be drinking at the same party.

In the deer accident Tuesday, the report states that Deputy Davis was driving northbound on Highway 525 at about 53 mph, following behind another car near Leaf Lane. A deer sprinted out into the road; Davis was unable to avoid the animal and struck it “head on.”

The deer fell up on the hood of the car and tried to run away, but died about 20 feet away.

Jan Smith, the sheriff’s spokesperson, said Davis is a 20-year veteran of the department and has a very good driving record.

Apparently, he also has good timing. “He was due to get a new vehicle,” she said.

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