by: Alison Grande Updated:
MILL CREEK, Wash. - A King County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday morning after he rear-ended a car on his way to work.
The crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m. near Southeast 132nd Street and the Bothell/Everett Highway. Mill Creek officers responded and noticed the deputy showed signs of impairment, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
A Washington State Patrol drug recognition expert was requested after alcohol was ruled out as a likely factor in the crash. WSP obtained a search warrant and had blood drawn from the deputy. The deputy was processed and released pending results of the blood test.
The deputy reportedly had been sick a few days prior to the incident, but it has not been determined if a medical issue contributed to the crash.
The other driver suffered minor injuries but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
The 47-year-old deputy is a 19-year veteran who is assigned to the City of Shoreline.
Mill Creek police will conduct the criminal investigation.
"The King County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a separate internal investigation into the matter. We will wait for the blood results to determine the cause of the impairment and then complete the internal investigation,” said Sheriff John Urquhart.
The deputy has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.