Sunday, April 13, 2014

Police Commander Arrested for DUI

A commander in the Mountlake Terrace police department has been charged with DUI stemming from an arrest two months ago in Lake Stevens.

Don Duncan was pulled over at 1:30 a.m. by Washington State Patrol troopers on Feb. 1 and subsequently arrested for DUI, said police chief Greg Wilson.

Wilson said Duncan, an 18-year veteran of the department, was driving his own vehicle at the time.

The case was forwarded to the Snohomish County prosecutor, who filed a charge of DUI on Feb. 26.

Duncan has been on administrative leave following his arrest and remains on leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation, Wilson said.

 Now more than ever, one cited for DUI is well advised to hire a qualified Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence allegations in Washington State are extremely serious, and can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer. The Seattle DUI attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle DUI defense lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Super Bowl Champ Lynch Guilty of Reckless Driving

Seattle Seahawks running back, and Super Bowl Champion Marshawn Lynch saw his driving under the influence case in California come to an end on Friday when he accepted a plea deal to a lesser amended charge of reckless driving.

Lynch's attorney, Ivan Golde, told The Associated Press on Thursday of the plea deal that was reached with the Alameda County District Attorney Office. The plea was formally entered in court in Oakland, Calif., on Friday.

Marshawn Lynch was arrested in July 2012 on investigation of driving under the influence after he was pulled over on a freeway in Oakland. Golde says he believes that Lynch had a strong enough case to win at trial, but said the Seattle running back did not want a public trial considering his high profile with the Seahawks coming off a Super Bowl victory.

Golde said Lynch plead guilty to a "wet reckless." Lynch will have to take six driving safety classes and pay a $1,080 fine.

 Now more than ever, one cited for DUI is well advised to hire a qualified Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence allegations in Washington State are extremely serious, and can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer. The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle DUI  lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Officer Investigated for Not Arresting Fellow Officer for DUI

 A Bellevue Police officer, who was disciplined last year for inappropriate behavior at a Seahawks game is now facing a misdemeanor DUI charge, and the officer who stopped him is now under investigation for letting the officer go. 

Ofc. Andy Hanke said he was "on a sliding slope" when the fellow Bellevue Police officer stopped him last month for suspicion of drunken driving.

According to court documents, Ofc. Hanke was off-duty when the officer noticed Hanke's Jeep Cherokee swerving on I-90 near Issaquah. The officer noted in his report that Hanke's vehicle continued for a short distance after he activated his overhead emergency lights.

The officer said he immediately smelled alcohol and Hanke's  eyes were "bloodshot, watery and droopy." The officer called Hanke's wife and she picked him up.

During the traffic stop, the officer said another vehicle approached the scene for a domestic violence incident. The officer contacted dispatch and requested assistance from Issaquah Police and WSP, according to his report.

Immediately following the traffic stop, the fellow officer called a supervisor and explained the situation. When the police chief was notified the next day, Hanke was placed on administrative leave.  The department is now investigating the actions of the officer who made the traffic stop and his decision to not make an arrest. The officer is still on-duty but part of an internal investigation.

In a press release, Police Chief Linda Pillo said, "I expect our officers to abide by our guiding principles of respect, accountability, integrity and service, and to abide by the laws of the state of Washington both on and off duty. If these allegations are sustained, the involved officers will be held accountable for their actions."

Last year, Hanke was suspended four weeks and removed from the Bomb Squad for unruly behavior at the Seahawks game. According to the internal investigation report, Hanke admitted that he drove home while under the influence - even after a Seattle Police Sgt. told Hanke and his friends to sober up and not drive.

The Issaquah city prosecutor filed the misdemeanor DUI charge on Thursday.

Now more than ever, one cited for DUI is well advised to hire a qualified  Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence allegations in Washington State are extremely serious, and can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer. The Seattle DUI attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle DUI lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

DUI Arrests Down Since Liquor Privatization

The Washington State Patrol now has a full year of data covering driving arrests and crashes since private retailers took over liquor sales. Despite hard alcohol being much more widely available, there was no increase in DUIs and drunk driving accidents. The Washington Policy Center compiled the numbers from Washington State Patrol statistics and stated, "Privatization didn't improve the numbers necessarily but it didn't make it any worse either." Mercier adds, "I don't think you can draw a correlation that because of private sales now we have fewer alcohol related arrests." Nevertheless, State Patrol data does show a continued improving trend downward with 2,347 DUI collisions and 19,703 DUI arrests during the first year of privatization. That is down from 21,577 DUI arrests in 2011-2012. Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins agrees the sky is not falling with more liquor available, but he also cautions against making a direct correlation to the DUI numbers. "The number of arrests is much more directly connected to the number of police officers out there actually patrolling," he says. and he reminds us that State Patrol is down about 80 troopers right now. Now more than ever, one cited for BUI or a DUI is well advised to hire a qualified Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible. Boating Under the Influence allegations in Washington State are extremely serious, and can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with BUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer. The Seattle DUI attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle DUI lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Kitsap County Prosecutor Arrested for DUI

Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Barbara O. Dennis was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a rear-end collision Wednesday in Poulsbo. The Washington State Patrol says Dennis was booked into the Kitsap County Jail. She posted bail and was released. Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge has referred the case to Pierce County to avoid any conflict of interest. The Kitsap Sun reports Dennis was previously charged with drunken driving in 2007. The charged was reduced to negligent driving and Dennis complied with court-ordered conditions. Now more than ever, one cited for DUI is well advised to hire a qualified Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence allegations in Washington State are extremely serious, and can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer. The Seattle DUI attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle DUI defense lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Woman Arrested Twice for DUI within Three Hours

A woman has been arrested for driving drunk twice within a 3-hour period. The first arrest came after she plowed into the front of a Black Diamond store. Police say 58-year-old Laura Kelsch wasn't hurt and no one else was either. Surveillance video of the crash showed officers giving her a field sobriety test and police say she was three-times the legal limit -- at noon. Police believe Kelsch was heading to the liquor store next door. Instead, she was taken to the Enumclaw jail, but it was full so they took her back home and released her. But within a half hour, she's returned to buy alcohol. Her car had been impounded from the crash, but officers say she returned to the liquor store driving her husband's truck. She was arrested a second time. Just two years ago, Hailey's Law was passed requiring cars of suspected drunk drivers be impounded so they can't drive it for the next 12 hours. But in this case, Kelsch drove a different vehicle the second time. "Yes, it's unfortunate but she made that decision," said Cmdr. Greg Goral with Black Diamond Police. "We did our part. The law is designed and we followed that part where that vehicle was impounded." Kelsch was back home last Friday after spending a night in jail on the second arrest, but didn't want to comment. Police say they cited Kelsch for two DUIs and she'll get a summons to appear in court soon. Now more than ever, one cited for DUI is well advised to hire a qualified Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence allegations in Washington State are extremely serious, and can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer. The Seattle DUI attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle DUI defense lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

WA Supreme Court Rules Counties Can Be Liable

Washington's Supreme Court says cities, counties and utility companies can be liable when faulty road design leads to injuries in car crashes - even when the driver is drunk. In an 8-1 ruling Thursday, the justices overturned a lower court's decision in a case involving a crash near Anacortes. There, two people who had been drinking were injured when their car ran off the road and struck a utility pole that was reportedly closer to the roadway than guidelines dictated. The passenger, whose arm was disfigured, sued Skagit County and Puget Sound Energy. A lower court judge tossed the case, but the Supreme Court reinstated it, saying government entities owe a duty to ensure roads are reasonably safe for public travel, no matter whether the driver is at fault. Nevertheless, in her majority opinion, Justice Debra Stevens said a jury could limit or negate Skagit County or the utility's liability on other legal grounds. Justice Jim Johnson dissented. He said the ruling will leave taxpayers on the hook when criminal activity results in car crashes. It is clear, government agencies in Washington State are continuing to look for ways to crack down on DUI related incidents. The noose keeps getting tighter. Now more than ever, one cited for DUI is well advised to hire a qualified Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence allegations in Washington State are extremely serious, and can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer. The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle DUI lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances.