Stuck SUV pulled from North Creek; stream enhancement work damaged

EVERETT — A sport utility vehicle on Saturday became stuck in a section of North Creek where a recent project had attempted to restore salmon and trout habitat.

The 1998 Infiniti SUV remained in the waterway alongside the Lago de Plata mobile home park on the 600 block of 112th Street SE until it was pulled out on Tuesday.

The woman who owns the SUV was under investigation by state Department of Fish and Wildlife officers for illegally operating a motor vehicle in a stream, Sgt. Randy Lambert said.

The nonprofit Adopt a Stream Foundation had overseen a $43,000 project in that spot in 2009. It brought the stream above ground. Previously it had flowed through pipes. The mobile home park paid for about half the project and the rest of the cost was covered by a legal settlement, foundation director Tom Murdoch said.

Apparent damage from Saturday included young trees being run over and disturbance to the stream bed. This is the time when salmon fry could be emerging from the gravel there.

Everett police will not be recommending charges, Sgt. Robert Goetz said. The driver recently had been taken by family members to receive help for mental health issues, he said.

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