Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
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*** For Immediate Release***
New Equipment and Training Saves Life
On June 29th, at 7:00 pm, Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper Trevino and Trooper Cadet Pease were patrolling on State Route 27 just south of 32nd Ave, in Spokane Valley. Trooper Trevino observed a blue passenger car that was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed with its hazard-lights flashing. Trooper Cadet Pease activated the radar unit in the patrol vehicle and obtained a speed of 92 mph in the posted 55 mph zone. After turning and catching up to the vehicle Trooper Cadet Pease activated his emergency lights and the vehicle came to an abrupt spot in the middle of the highway at 32nd Ave.
The female driver immediately exited the vehicle and both Trooper Trevino and Trooper Cadet Pease observed she was covered in blood. The driver indicated that her passenger was having a medical emergency and that she was attempting to transport him to Valley Hospital. Trooper Cadet Pease observed the male passenger in the vehicle had sustained a serious laceration to his arm and was bleeding heavily. Trooper Cadet Pease responded according to his recent training and immediately applied his issued tourniquet to the male passenger's arm to help control the bleeding. The male passenger was soon treated by EMS personnel at the scene and rushed to Sacred Heart Medical Center.
After further investigation troopers learned that the driver and passenger had been involved in a domestic violence incident in Worley, ID. The male passenger, later identified as 22 year old Brian Sczenski, had punched through a window during the domestic violence incident. He was found to have multiple warrants for his arrest and was later taken into custody by the FBI for an outstanding federal felony warrant. The driver, who was identified as 38 year old April Havier, was charged with Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer after she gave false information about the identity of Sczenski.
Trooper Cadet Pease is currently performing field training with Field Training Officer, Trooper Trevino, as a member of the 106th Trooper Basic Training Class (TBTC). Trooper Cadet Pease is expected to conclude his training and receive his commission from Governor Inslee on August 3, 2016. The 106th TBTC is the first WSP academy class to be issued and trained to administer the Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) as a part of their first aid training. "Without this training and equipment Sczenski may not have made it to the hospital. That is the most blood I've seen in my 20+ years", said Trooper Trevino. In 2016 the WSP issued the CAT and OuikClot Combat Gauze to all troopers and supervisors assigned to Field Operations. This incident is believed to be the first use of the new tourniquet by a trooper, statewide.