07/16/2007

Wash. officer, K9 seriously injured in car crash

By Levi Pulkkinen
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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EVERETT, Wash. An Everett police officer and her K-9 dog suffered serious injuries Sunday evening when their patrol car was struck by a stolen sport utility vehicle as they rushed to the scene of a burglary.

Investigators suspect that K-9 Officer Suzanne Eviston a 10-year veteran of the Everett department may have been struck by one of the burglars she was on her way to apprehend, Sgt. Robert Goetz said in a statement.

At about 7:10 p.m., Eviston was rushing to the scene of a burglary in progress when her patrol car collided with a Jeep Cherokee near the intersection of Hardison Road and Industry Avenue, Goetz said.

She was rushed by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries, Goetz said. Speaking Sunday night, a Harborview supervisor said Eviston was in critical condition.

Her partner, K-9 Axel, also suffered injuries.

The driver of the Jeep a man in his late teens or early 20s was taken to an Everett hospital and was being interviewed by detectives Sunday night, Goetz said. He's considered a suspect in the burglary to which Eviston and Axel were responding.

Goetz said other officers detained two other young men near the Industry Avenue construction site where the burglary was reported. They, too, were being interviewed by detectives.

Detectives with the Everett Police Department and the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office will conduct a joint investigation into the crash, Goetz said. The Jeep involved in the crash had been reported stolen from Kirkland.

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