State Patrol trooper unhurt after wrecking car to avoid collision

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — A State Patrol vehicle was damaged in a one-car wreck in which the trooper escaped injury after avoiding a car that pulled in front of him Tuesday evening.

At 5:36 p.m., Trooper Christopher Daigle was driving a fully-marked State Patrol 2011 Crown Victoria on U.S. Highway 101 west of Sequim Avenue exit when he received a call about a vehicle fire at mile post 2 on state Highway 104, the State Patrol said.

He turned on his lights and siren and headed east on Highway 101.

As Daigle approached Sequim Avenue, an unidentified vehicle traveling the same direction as the patrol car moved to the right shoulder, then moved back into the lane of travel in front of him, the State Patrol said, giving the following account.

To get out of the way, Daigle crossed the center line and made other evasive maneuvers to the right to avoid striking other vehicles.

The patrol car left the roadway and continued sideways into the center median between Highway 101 and Sequim Avenue on the eastbound on-ramp.

The rear of the patrol car knocked down a state Department of Transportation sign, and came to rest in the median.

Daigle was not injured, but the patrol car received reportable damage.

The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

Last modified: July 16. 2014 10:00AM
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