Two Washington state troopers were injured in accidents overnight and one was involved in an incident but escaped harm in King County.
The first officer was injured in a suspected drunk driving accident while investigating a crash on Interstate 405 on Thursday morning. While the officer was along the side of the freeway, he was struck by a 48-year-old Burien man. The Washington State Patrol said the man was arrested and booked into the King County jail to be further investigated for driving under the influence of drugs.
The second officer was injured Wednesday night when his car collided with a vehicle that was spinning out of control on State Route 167, according to news reports. Both the officer and driver in the spun-out vehicle were taken to Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. It is unclear whether the accident was caused by the winter road conditions.
The third trooper was at the spin-out accident responding to the incident and was later involved in a nearby crash, but was not injured.
As a Seattle car accident attorney I’m glad to hear none of the officers experienced life-threatening injuries. Officer safety has been a pressing topic lately and laws set to change Saturday aims to better protect officers responding to crashes by increasing the safety zone.