No jail time for SPD detective in DUI crash


EVERETT, Wash. - A Seattle police detective who was charged with drunken driving after he was involved in a chain-reaction crash in Mukilteo received deferred prosecution Tuesday.


 John Fox must undergo two years of alcohol treatment and will be on five years probation as part of the agreement.   If he complies, he will not serve any time in jail.


If the detective is involved in another incident or violates the agreement, it will be revoked and a judge will decide his punishment.


Fox began alcohol treatment in November.


The October crash led to the discovery of numerous open and empty bottles of alcohol inside Fox's unmarked police SUV, an arrest report said.


Police said the SUV was heading northbound on the Mukilteo Speedway when it struck the rear of a vehicle stopped at a light, pushing it into two other stopped vehicles.


Scott Pratt, who was hurt in the crash, learned about the plea deal from his lawyer Monday.    The lawyer said Pratt was "furious" about the decision.


Police found three handguns, the officer’s detective badge, ammunition, a nearly empty bottle of Ketel One vodka and at least six small empty bottles of 100-proof Peppermint Schnapps inside the SUV, the arrest document said.


Fox was off-duty at the time of the crash.