Seattle Man Falsely Reports Car Stolen

A man ends up getting himself and his friend arrested after falsely reporting to police his car was stolen. Just after midnight on Sunday 911 dispatchers received a call from a “victim” claiming his 2009 Audi was taken and last seen heading north on Swift Avenue South.

When officers responded to the call they found the Audi, with two men inside, at Beacon Avenue South and South Graham Street. They pulled the Audi over and removed the driver and the passenger from the car. After asking several questions, it didn’t take long for the officers to realize that one of the men was actually the registered owner of the car and the same one who called 911, said Detective Jeff Kappel, spokesman for Seattle Police. According to Kappel, the “victim” reported his car stolen because he didn’t want his buddy, who he thought was drunk, to drive his car. After calling 911 to make the report, police say the “victim” got into the car anyways and his buddy started driving them home.

Both men ended up getting arrested. The driver was booked for suspicion of DUI and the “victim”, the owner of the car, was arrested for making a false claim to police. “In the life of a police officer, sometimes reality is stranger than fiction,” said Detective Kappel.

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City of Federal Way has Issues with Seattle Nightlife Proposal

The city of Federal Way sees Seattle – and a specific city proposal there – as a problem citing that a new proposal which may extend the operating hours for Seattle area bars is a public safety issue. A Deputy Chief at Federal Way Police stated, “When you extend the hours (of bars), clearly you’re looking at higher levels of potential intoxication.”

The proposal before the Washington State Liquor Control Board which, if approved, would give Seattle the option to stagger the closing time of city bars. Right now, state law mandates that bars close by 2 a.m.

This week, the mayor of Federal Way along with the City Council sent a letter to the state, saying that the proposal, if passed, would likely lead to “more drunk drivers on the road during peak early morning commute times,” “increases in alcohol related injury and death,” and “greater service related demands on the Federal Way Police Department and surrounding jurisdictions.”

At Clever Rebel Tattoo on the north end of Federal Way, owner and tattoo artist Joe Meyer was skeptical that the proposal would impact the quality of life in his hometown.

“Just ’cause a bar is open later doesn’t mean it’s going to get worse,” Meyer said, as he applied fresh ink on a customer’s arm. “I think I’d be tired. If the bar closed at 3, I’d be tired. I want to go home and sleep.”

The state Liquor Control Board hopes to have a decision on the proposal by early May. If enacted, it would allow other cities to extend their hours as well.

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WA DUI Laws Get Tougher!

More people are killed by drunken drivers in Washington state than by all other criminals combined. That’s what state Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, told his legislative colleagues while arguing for wide-ranging changes to the state’s drinking-and-driving laws.

Drunken drivers kill a surprising number of people in Washington state — 2,042 over the past decade, according to statistics collected from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. That’s more than the 2,028 people who were the victims of an intentional killing during that same 10-year period from 2000 to 2010.

But year-to-year totals for that period show that statement is true half the time. In the remaining years, slayings outpace deaths from drunken drivers. But each year, deaths from both causes are in the triple digits.

Goodman, who is running for Congress in the First Congressional District, proposed changes to the state’s laws for drunken driving after the July death of a Kirkland man who was running an errand when an SUV crashed into his car.

The SUV driver, Patrick Rexroat, had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit when he killed Stephen Lacey, a 43-year-old father of two and a Google engineer.

Rexroat pleaded guilty March 9 to vehicular homicide and was sentenced to four years in prison. At the time of his sentencing, that was the maximum allowable for vehicular-homicide DUI.

A bill that Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign would make the penalty for DUI vehicular homicide the same as manslaughter: 6 ½ to 8 ½ years.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Legislature on March 8 approved a host of changes to state laws against driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The proposed laws awaiting the governor’s signature also would:

• Keep felony DUI-related convictions on record permanently.

• Require drunken drivers who get their licenses reinstated to install in their car an ignition-locking device equipped with a camera. That way, authorities can better determine whether the person breathing into the device to start the car is, in fact, the person behind the wheel.

• Allow prosecutors to bring DUI charges against people who drive impaired after inhaling or huffing chemicals.

Another bill, now in the House rules committee, would allow courts to order drunken drivers to pay child support to the minor children of the people they kill or harm.

If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.