Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
http://www.wsp.wa.gov

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: February 17, 2016
Contact: Trooper Chris Webb
Phone: (425) 766-0812
E-mail: Chris.Webb@wsp.wa.gov
Twitter: @wspd2pio


WSP Trooper Struck While Conducting a Traffic Stop

King County -- A Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper was struck and injured while on a traffic stop NB I-5/272nd St. in Federal Way. Trooper Greg Ulrich was contacting a driver of a car that he had stopped for a traffic violation when another vehicle, which was traveling on 272nd St. to NB I-5, hit the back side of his body.

Trooper Ulrich

Trooper Ulrich sustained injuries to his leg and back and was transported to Harborview Medical Center. He was conscious and alert during the entire episode. Trooper Ulrich, a 25-year-veteran of the WSP, is assigned to the District 2 (King County) motorcycle unit.

The causing driver, a 28-year-old female, was observed by a drug recognition expert and found not to be impaired. Troopers are still investigating but believe that driver inattention was a factor in the incident.

Between 2007 and 2014, 212 WSP vehicles have been struck while conducting traffic stops or providing motorist assistance. Multiple troopers and citizens have been injured in collisions over the last seven years, as a result of vehicles either striking the trooper or a parked emergency vehicle.

According to the Move Over Law, RCW 46.61.212, drivers approaching an emergency zone are required to either move over to another lane in the same direction, if it is safe to do so, or if a driver is unable to move over safely, proceed with caution and reduce the speed of their vehicle. Emergency vehicles include police, fire, medical, tow trucks and vehicles providing roadside assistance, making use of hazard lights.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call or contact Detective Russell Haake at russ.haake@wsp.wa.gov or 425-401-7717.

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