Julio Martins-Paes Crashes into Washington State Patrol Officer

By Garth O'Brien | December 15, 2009 
Filed Under Washington DUI

washington-dui-arrestSea-Tac, Washington. Washington State Patrol communications received several 911 calls reporting a suspected drunk driver on Interstate 5 heading southbound on December 12, 2009. A trooper was quickly dispatched to the area to investigate. The 17 year veteran pulled over to the side of the road looking for a maroon 1989 Toyota Corolla.

Unfortunately, the Corolla was being driven by Julio Martins-Paes. Martins-Paes, 44, has a prior DUI conviction and it looks like he is on his way to his second. Julio did not notice the fully marked WSP cruiser on the side of the road. He was so oblivious the to squad car that he plowed into the parked trooper. Martins-Paes’s vehicle then careened back onto I-5 and collided with another vehicle. Luckily, no one was seriously injured. Martins-Paes was arrested and will be charged with DUI.

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2 Responses to “Julio Martins-Paes Crashes into Washington State Patrol Officer”

  1. David Line on January 29th, 2010 7:02 am

    There are a couple of items that need to be cleard up on this report. We were most likely the first ones to call this guy in after we nearly hit him on an on-ramp to south I-5 near Lynnwood. After 3 calls to 911 asking if someone was actually on the way, I insisted on staying on the phone with them and let them know our position until they caught this SOB. It wasn’t until Sea-Tac (40 minutes after our intitial call) before he suddenly swerved and crossed all 4 lanes (from left to right) and plowed into the trooper. While I do not blame the State Patrol for the extremely slow response (I blame our elected officials for under-funding), I am very disapointed that it took as long as it did for a trooper to be put in place. If the TV and radio are going to blare about “extra patrols” and claim that cops are within arms reach, I certailnly expect them to be. Earlier intervention would most likely have kept this trooper from getting hurt.

  2. Garth O'Brien on January 29th, 2010 8:39 am

    David,

    Great comment. Before we jump to conclusions though it would be nice to know if there were other “more urgent” calls at that same time. Unfortunately criminals to do cater to law enforcement’s schedule and it could be that a couple of home break-ins were reported at the same time.

    Crimes against a person are handle as a much higher priority than a drunk driver I am afraid.

    If the Federal government required alcohol detecting devices installed in every vehicle operated on the roads within the United States the DUI would disappear for the most part and you and the trooper would not have been in danger. Press your politicians to enact that law.