Captain Jason Berry
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
June 7, 2011
Contact: Trooper Guy Gill
Phone: (253) 606-1998
Great Teamwork Saves Woman's Life
Pierce County -- Early this morning Washington State Patrol Communications received a 911 call from a woman who claimed to have cut her wrists.
The woman stated she was driving northbound on I-5 through the Tacoma area, though she would not give any information other than her first name. The woman said she had been drinking and would not pull over for fear of getting in trouble. She hung up on the Communications officer several times, but the Communications officer kept calling her back and kept her on the line while troopers attempted to locate her vehicle. At one point, the woman stated a trooper had passed her in the Fife area, giving the WSP a general idea of her location.
Troopers began searching for vehicles and running license plates in an attempt to find one that matched the woman’s name. When a trooper ran a registration on a 1997 Plymouth Voyager, the name on the registration matched the name the woman provided. When troopers stopped the vehicle, they discovered the woman had cut her left wrist with a knife and was bleeding heavily.
Medical personnel were called to the scene and the woman was transported to the hospital for treatment. She is expected to make a full recovery. The woman will be charged with driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.
Great teamwork between our Communications officer and the troopers on the road no doubt saved this woman’s life.