Monday, May 30, 2011

SPD Officers Injured While Responding to Assault Against Trooper

Two Seattle police officers received minor injuries when they crashed into each other on their way to help a state patrol trooper in distress. A trooper spotted a man walking on the eastbound lanes of SR-520 near Montlake just after noon on Sunday, said patrol spokesperson Julie Startup.

The trooper approached the man to escort him off the freeway, but the man became combative. The trooper called for assistance, and several Seattle police officers raced to the scene to help out.

But while en route, two patrol cars collided at the intersection of 12th Ave. E. and East John Street on Capitol Hill, said Jeff Kappel with Seattle Police. Both officers, a man and woman, were taken to Harborview Medical Center to be checked out, and were released Sunday afternoon, Seattle police said.

Meanwhile, other units responded to Montlake and were able to help the trooper take the pedestrian into custody. The pedestrian was sent to a medic to be checked out; the trooper was not seriously hurt.

Startup says the pedestrian could face charges of criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Drunk Driver Hits Trooper

A suspected drunk driver slammed into the rear of a Washington State Patrol car early Saturday as the trooper was pulled over to arrest another driver on suspicion of DUI in Washington.

The incident happened at about 3:30 a.m. on Highway 167 just south of 37th Street NW after a trooper pulled over a white Ford Focus driven by a 36-year-old Auburn woman on suspicion of DUI.

The trooper had placed the woman in the back seat of his patrol car to arrest her, then got into the front seat of his car to wait for a tow truck. Just then, a red 1990 BMW driven by a 24-year-old Auburn woman crashed into the rear of the trooper's car as it was parked on the right shoulder of the highway with its lights flashing.

The trooper and the first DUI driver sustained minor injuries in the crash, and were taken to Auburn General Hospital where he was read his rights and given an opportunity to speak to a Seattle DUI Lawyer. The driver of the BMW was arrested and booked into King County jail on suspicion of DUI.

If you or a loved one is faced with a criminal charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle criminal defense attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle criminal defense lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington’s criminal laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle criminal defense lawyer who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bad News Bars

It's a list local businesses don't want to make: the bars, clubs and restaurants linked to the most DUI in Washington state, resulting in those individuals have to contact a Seattle DUI Lawyer.

Every time a driver is arrested for DUI, troopers always ask, "Where were you drinking?" Troopers then enter the answer into a database to track which bars come up the most. The Seattle DUI Attorney at SQ Attorneys are well aware of these bars and issues that may result when a DUI is processed out of these specified bars.

So far this year, more people pulled over for drunk driving have said they were drinking at J.R. Phinickey's Steakhouse in Marysville over any other bar in the state.

Tulalip Resort Casino ranks second statewide, followed by Yella Beak Saloon and the Jet Bar and Grill. Susie's is responsible for the fifth most DUIs in Washington, followed by Snoqualmie Casino and Lady Luck's in Tacoma. if charged with a DUI, contact the Seattle DUI Lawyer at SQ Attorneys immediately to protect your rights.

State patrol says this list in one tool they use to stop overserving and other dangerous trends in their tracks.

"So they can see if these bars are continuing to overserve and they can take enforcement efforts on their part," said Sgt. Ken Denton of Washington State Patrol.

Like many bar owners, some believe that troopers camp outside waiting for customers to leave. His staff has even taken video of patrol cars pacing back and forth outside. Denton says troopers do saturate areas that show a pattern of problems, and they don't hide the fact they are there to make sure businesses operate responsibly.

"And we would make sure the public was very well aware of hey we're watching this area. This needs to stop," said Denton. The DUI list is not admissible in court, since it relies on suspected drunk drivers' words.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI defense attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The New Breath Test

A new round of legal challenges could be on tap for a DUI in Washington state.

The state is upgrading its breathalyzer machines, and defense lawyers are ready to pick apart this latest technology. The new state-of-the-art tool could stir legal challenges over perceived shortcomings. Contact the Seattle DUI Lawyer at SQ Attorneys for more information on these tests.

The Drager Alcotest 95-10 boasts several improvements over the breathalyzer the state currently uses, including two ways to ensure testing accuracy and touch-screen entry of information troopers track.

"Things such as drinking location, the establishment where they told us they were drinking, (whether there was a) collision involved," said Sgt. Ken Denton.

Cross-referencing such data can help troopers saturate areas that come up as problem spots. But not everyone is a believer as the Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys will be fighting for your rights in challenging this new breath test.

Denton says Washington State Patrol has tested and re-tested the Drager, and is confident it is accurate and reliable. But he knows it may still be an issue in court."I doubt very seriously that this is going to be the end of all court argument," he said, adding defense attorneys would file challenges, no matter what technology gets adopted. Drager could not be reached for comment.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI defense attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Seattle Police Officer Gets DUI

A Seattle police sergeant was arrested April 3 on suspicion of DUI in Washington, his second such arrest in six years.

Sgt. Scott Moss was driving north on Interstate 405 near Newcastle when he was pulled over at 5:05 a.m., said Trooper Cliff Pratt, a spokesman for the State Patrol. When facing a DUI charge in Washington, contact the Seattle DUI Lawyer at SQ Attorneys.

Moss, 41, was driving his personal vehicle, a blue Jeep Cherokee, and a trooper saw it drifting back and forth between the far right lane and the freeway's shoulder, Pratt said. The trooper smelled intoxicants after approaching Moss, a 16-year veteran of the department who served as a department public-information officer several years ago.

Moss' blood alcohol content (BAC) was measured at .069 and .075 percent, according to Pratt. Though that was below the legal limit of 0.08, Pratt noted that the tests weren't performed until well over 1 ½ hours after Moss' arrest, though the reason for the delay was not immediately known.

Moss, who is assigned to the West Precinct, was taken to the Issaquah City Jail for processing, then released to a Seattle police commander.

Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb confirmed that the department's Office of Professional Accountability has opened an investigation as a result of the arrest. Moss has not been reassigned and continues to work as a patrol sergeant, he said.

Moss was arrested in 2005 in Bremerton on investigation of DUI in Washington, a charge later amended to first-degree negligent driving. After his arrest, Moss was removed from his job as a department spokesman.

In March 2009, Moss was charged with second-degree assault, accused of cutting his wife's thumb with a kitchen knife during an argument, according to court records. A King County Superior Court jury acquitted Moss of that charge.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI defense attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.