Man gets three years in prison for causing head-on crash

He was sentenced in federal court Monday for a collision that injured two fellow tribal members.

SEATTLE — A man was sentenced in U.S. District Court Monday to more than three years in prison for causing a crash that injured two fellow Tulalip Tribes members.

The crash occurred July 8, 2019. Herman James John III, 36, pleaded guilty in February.

According to records filed in the case, John had been excluded from the Tulalip Reservation because of criminal conduct. He’d admitted using methamphetamine and heroin earlier on the day of the crash. When tribal police attempted to pull him over, he raced away, lost control of his car and crashed head-on into the other car.

The two people in the other car were severely injured and continue to recover from their injuries. The investigation revealed that John’s car had been traveling 78 mph in a 35 mph zone immediately before the crash.

The case was investigated by the Tulalip Police, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

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