Two WSP trooper cars hit near Bothell, one injured

Vehicles were hit by alleged impaired driver at the scene of a three-car collision.

Two Washington State Patrol (WSP) vehicles were hit by a car, as they were parked at the scene of a crash, just south of Bothell on Sept. 7, according to trooper Rick Johnson.

The WSP troopers were investigating a three-car collision on northbound Interstate 405, just north of Northeast 160th Street at about 10:40 p.m. That’s when an individual, not involved in the crash, struck a patrol car and pushed it into another patrol vehicle at the scene.

While one of the vehicles was empty, there was a driver inside the other vehicle. The trooper who was inside the car during the collision sustained minor injuries, was taken to the hospital for evaluation and later released, Johnson said.

The driver who caused the accident was arrested for suspected impairment and allegedly had twice the legal limit for alcohol.

“One of the troopers (there) was struck earlier this year due to driving under the influence up on Interstate 90,” Johnson said. “It’s crazy what we have to deal with out there sometimes.”

He said drivers should drive sober, and remember to slow down and move over when they see a collision on the highway.