State Patrol: Woodinville Couple Caught on I-405 With Three Kids in Trunk

A Woodinville couple was arrested Sunday after they were allegedly caught speeding on Interstate 405 with the woman's three children and a small dog locked in the trunk.

A Woodinville couple was arrested Sunday after they were allegedly caught speeding on Interstate 405 in Bothell with the woman's three children and a small dog locked in the trunk, according to The Herald.

The woman was pulled over by a Washington State Patrol trooper just before 11 a.m. in Bothell going 77 mph in a 60-mph zone, trooper Keith Leary said. 

She didn't say anything about the children until about 30 minutes into the roadside stop when the trooper heard thumping coming from the trunk and asked about the noise, the report said. 

The children, an 8-year-old girl, and two boys, 5 and 7, were taken into protective custody—and reportedly fed lunch by troopers after the kids said they hadn't eaten since the day before.

A guitar and a snowboard filled up the backseat, the report said. A search of the car reportedly turned up heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills in the car. 

The woman, 28, and her fiancé, 27, were taken to the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of drug charges. The dog was taken to a shelter.

virginia mcgavin September 25, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I find it hard to read this article without feeling diappointment in the mother of the 3 children locked in the trunk of this vechicle. My husband, myself, and 2 of our grandchildren saw her car pulled over just off the Canyon Park exit in Bothell. We did not see the children, thankfully, but just the two adults sitting on the ground near the car. Our grandchildren are 6 and 11 years old with two loving parents who keep them active with soccer, gymnastics, etc! Our grandchildren won't even let you move your car until they are safely secured by their seatbelts. I know this woman will have her day in court. She will probably show remorse and put on a show for the judge, but this incident will stay with the children forever regardless of the outcome. I will remember this story since it occurred on my 66th birthday. While my grandchidren ate icecream and cake, these children were taken away from a selfish mother who will probably never change.
GlutenCaseinFree Customer September 26, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Disappointment is a relatively mild response. I have pretty strong feelings about it but I have to hold myself back from heated condemnation for a couple of reasons. One, I've learned a lot about addiction by watching multiple TV shows with Dr. Drew that focus on the subject - it's a serious illness that commonly has multiple varieties of abuse in the background of the addict. It's tragic. Two, and I was thinking about this in relation to people that had been killed, is that justice cannot be achieved by punishment - ever. You can't undo that traumatic event (and the likely history that preceded it) for those children any more than you can bring murdered people back to life - and that's the only real justice there could be. I would guess this couple needs serious professional help to have any chance of ever being a healthy and contributing member of society. So, despite my anger, I hope she gets help more than I want to see her punished.
Quinton Wojciechowski September 28, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Trooper should have pistol-whipped them both.


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