SAMMAMISH, Wash. – A 33-year-old King County sheriff's deputy has been seriously injured after crashing his cruiser into a tree near Sammamish. The deputy was westbound on state Route 202 when he lost control of his vehicle, went off the roadway and down an embankment around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Sheriff's spokesperson Sgt. John Urquhart told KIRO-TV the deputy was not responding to a call but his car was "moving at a pretty good clip" when it left the highway at 225th Ave. N.E.
The deputy remained conscious and was able to radioed his location. People from a passing car who saw the accident helped him get of the patrol car.
The deputy was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious but not life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive. He was placed in the intensive care unit and will be transferred to a regular hospital room later today.
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The deputy is currently assigned to the City of Sammamish and works as a DUI emphasis patrol officer. He has 11 years of police experience.
Route 202 was closed until about 5:50 a.m. when the westbound lanes were reopened. Both directions were open to traffic by 7 a.m.
The accident is under investigation and it is unknown at this time why the patrol car left the roadway.