"They ended up not booking him," Marysville police Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux said. "I think there is too much information they need to gather."
That's the reality of vehicular assault investigations where police and prosecutors must weigh the risk of another offense against the constitutional clock that guarantees the right to a speedy trial, Lamoureux said.
Crash investigations often last months. It sometimes takes weeks to get lab test results, and time is needed to solve collision reconstruction equations.
In this case, there is more than one driver apparently at fault.
A Marysville woman, 29, was taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after her Ford Taurus rolled over several times on Highway 528 in Marysville. Her passenger, 15, was being treated at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett for serious injuries. Police initially believed they were a mother and daughter but said Tuesday they were no longer sure what their relationship is. Both are expected to survive.
Police believe the woman in the Ford Taurus had been drinking alcohol earlier in the day with the man, 29, who had his own car.
She became concerned that he was intoxicated and shouldn't drive and followed him, apparently at high speed, on a stretch of the four-lane roadway that is a main corridor through Marysville, police said.
The accident occurred around 4:45 p.m. near Jennings Park west of the Marysville YMCA. Her car clipped the back of a pickup and rolled several times, striking a van and other cars.
Police took blood-alcohol samples from the woman and the man.
Both are suspects, Lamoureux said. Police haven't released the names of either driver.
The man is under investigation for vehicular assault, drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident, Lamoureux said. Even though his car was not involved in the collision, police believe his actions contributed to the accident, Lamoureux said.
The girl who was injured enrolled last week at Marysville Mountain View High School, school district officials said.
Police discourage people from trying to pull over drivers they believe might have been drinking.
"The actions that this woman took certainly were misguided," Lamoureux said.
Dan Coon, a Washington State Patrol spokesman, said it is best to call 911 and let law enforcement agencies handle it if someone gets into a car and might be drunk.
Trying to catch up with drivers to get them to pull over "is probably one of the worst things to do" because it can cause them to drive even more recklessly, he said.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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