MARYSVILLE – A Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s investigator summoned Sunday night to help gather evidence in the deaths of four people in a drunken driving crash was arrested at the scene and cited for driving under the influence, officials said this afternoon.
When the investigator arrived at the crash scene, a Washington State Patrol trooper smelled alcohol on the man’s breath and pulled him aside, trooper Keith Leary said.
The man, 48, of Seattle, was arrested for investigation of drunken driving, Leary said. He had been driving a county-owned vehicle. The man was cited and provided a ride home.
The crime scene investigation was not compromised, Leary said.
“We have nothing but the utmost faith in the medical examiner’s office,” Leary said. Still, “We have to treat everyone the same when it comes to drinking and driving.”
Sunday’s crash was the deadliest drunken driving-related incident in Snohomish County in recent memory, officials said.