EVERETT, Wash. – Washington State Patrol troopers say they were unable to pursue a driver who reportedly refused to stop while driving erratically on southbound I-5 in Everett Thursday because of a new law that went into effect Sunday.
State Patrol says the driver refused to stop and then turned the vehicle around on the on ramp to Southbound I-5, traveling the wrong way on the interstate and hitting another vehicle head on.
The person who was in the vehicle that was hit suffered minor injuries.
House Bill 1054, which was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in May and went into effect Sunday, bans the use of choke holds, neck restraints and no-knock warrants and limits the use of high-speed pursuits.
Under HB 1054, law enforcement cannot pursue a vehicle unless there is probable cause that someone in the vehicle is believed to have committed or is committing a violent or sex offense or if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is driving under the influence, among other reasons.
The law is meant to have officers consider the potential risks of a pursuit.