Acting Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
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*** For Immediate Release***

Date: December 20, 2012
Contact: Trooper Will Finn
Phone: (360) 449-7960
Cell: (360) 827-2036
Twitter: @wastatepatrol

First Traffic Stop of Career Leads to DUI

Lewis County -- On the shoulder, cross back into another lane, back on the shoulder.  Trooper Clark describes the lane travel he saw by a vehicle on December 17, 2012 around 3:45 pm. The vehicle was southbound Interstate 5 in Chehalis. The investigation took a turn when the driver was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). This was the first traffic stop made by Trooper Clark as a commissioned officer for the Washington State Patrol (WSP).

Trooper Clark, along with 36 others were commissioned as troopers with the WSP last week in Olympia.  Clark is one of four newly commissioned troopers assigned to the Chehalis Detachment. Chehalis is part of District Five, which consists of Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties. The new troopers met with commanders of District Five Monday morning in Vancouver before heading back to the Lewis County area.

At about 3:45 pm, Trooper Clark noticed a vehicle traveling south on Interstate 5 near milepost 76 in Chehalis.  Clark watched as the vehicle drove onto the shoulder and then weave back, driving on the white dotted lane divider. The vehicle then moved toward the shoulder again, repeating the same movements several times.  Clark initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver who lives in Lacey, WA. The driver admitted to Clark he consumed a beer before leaving his home.  He told Clark he was heading to the post office in Tumwater. Clark asked the driver to complete a series of field sobriety tests before determining he was impaired. The 37 year old Lacey man was arrested, processed, and cited for DUI.

Lieutenant Ken Garrison said, “We couldn’t be more proud of Trooper Clark. Impaired driving is a leading factor in Washington traffic deaths. Removing impaired drivers from our roadways is our number one concern.”

This was the first traffic stop Trooper Clark made since being commissioned as a new WSP Trooper. Before being commissioned, he spent eight weeks with a Field Training Officer as part of his coaching trip. The coaching trip is designed to give trooper cadets hands on training while a senior trooper is guiding them through day to day operations of a trooper. Clark completed over 1000 hours of training before being commission in the Capitol Rotunda on December 14, 2012 with the WSP’s 100th graduating trooper basic class.