Redmond Police Blotter: Driver Flees Traffic Stop

The following incidents were reported between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

From the :

Tuesday, May 29

8:49 a.m., 19000 block of NE 80th St.: Redmond Police responded to a reported burglary at a local business.

9:31 a.m., 3900 block of 148th Ave. NE: Redmond Police responded to a reported theft of an automobile at a local business.

10:45 a.m., 15800 block of Bear Creek Parkway: Victim reported his locked vehicle was prowled (window smash) sometime during the past two days, and a radar detector was stolen.

11:58 a.m., 7900 block of 178th Place NE: Victim reported her purse was stolen from an unsecured locker at a Redmond fitness club.

2:19 p.m., 17200 block of Redmond Way: A local company reported a theft off of one of its trucks. 

8:08 p.m., 2200 block of 148th Ave. NE: Police responded to a report of shoplifting. 

8:54 p.m., 2200 block of 148th Ave. NE: Police responded to a report of shoplifting. 

8:54 p.m., 2200 block of 148th Ave. NE: Police responded to a report of shoplifting. 

10:27 p.m., 18100 block of NE 95th St.: Redmond Police conducted a drugs investigation during a traffic stop.

Wednesday, May 30

2:34 a.m., 17000 block of NE 116th St.: A driver fled police during a traffic stop. Officers did not pursue the vehicle.

Ken James May 31, 2012 at 04:35 PM
"A driver fled police during a traffic stop. Officers did not pursue the vehicle." While I suppose that justification for the decision to let the 'driver' escape unchallenged is based on economics, let's not forgot the cost of this action. We would all likely agree that there is reason that the driver decided to escape beyond a simple traffic violation. Based on the time of the event, 2:34AM, it might have simply been a drunk driver. It also might have been someone resposible for the rash of auto burglaries (prowls) that have plaqued the city recently. It could have been someone fleeing from a much more serious crime -- we'll never know. If it was a drunk driver, perhaps one with priors, the driver will never have to face the charges and will live to drive drunk another day with potential consequences for other residents. If it was a thief, possibily with stolen property in the car, that thief will remain at large to victimize again and the stolen property will not be recovered. I don't like the policy that permits criminals to go unchallenged based on economic risks to the city. If you take that policy making to a logical end, other "risky" activities can also be curtailed based on the same philosophy. Law enforcement is risky business, but we undertake it because the security of our community is worth the cost. The decision not to make an attempt to stop a fleeing vehicle at 2:34AM is based on questionable judgment and should be reevaluated.
Caitlin Moran May 31, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Hi Ken, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I can certainly understand the concern about a drunk driver, especially given the time of night. I don't have the details for this particular incident, but from my understanding patrol officers are trained to evaluate the potential threat to public safety of letting the car go versus chasing the vehicle in these situations. Hopefully the officer in this case was able to obtain the license plate number and RPD will be able to track the driver down that way.
Ken James May 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I hope you are correct, but I believe that RPD officers are NOT permitted to attempt to apprehend suspects who flee in a vehicle except in extenuating circumstances involving known felony crimes. Problem with that policy is that if you don't stop the car, you'll likely never determine the reason for their flight. Traffic at 2:34 AM on NE 116th St. would be extremely light so any risk assessment would put it at as low as it could ever be. I believe this policy is inappropriately putting "risk avoidance" above the primary mission of the police department.
Caitlin Moran May 31, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Good points again, Ken. Thanks for sharing.


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