Crime

State trooper hits two pedestrians with patrol car near Lakeway Drive, minor injuries

A Washington State Patrol Trooper hit two pedestrians around 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, as he was turning left onto Interstate 5 from Lakeway Drive, the agency said.

Both pedestrians, a man and woman, had minor injuries and were released at the scene. Trooper Brian D. Thompson, 54, of Lynden struck the pedestrians with his patrol car as they were crossing a controlled intersection, according to the Washington State Patrol. Troopers are investigating whether or not the pedestrians were crossing during a “do not cross” signal, WSP spokesman Travis Shearer said.

The pedestrians were wearing dark clothes and were intoxicated, yet it is unclear how troopers determined the pedestrians were intoxicated, Shearer said.

The patrol car, a 2012 Chevrolet Caprice, had an estimated $1,000 in damages and is being stored at the State Patrol’s Bellingham office.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The pedestrians could be given an infraction depending on the outcome of the investigation, Shearer said. It is unlikely Thompson will be cited.

A video taken from the patrol car during the incident will not be released until the investigation is complete, Shearer said.

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