I spent my Thursday evening of last week with Trooper Paul Wanzenried as we patrolled Lincoln County via Highway 2 and Spokane County through I-90. A quiet evening, but we wrote three speeding tickets and initiated one sobriety test of a driver on the interstate westbound near the Altamont exit.
During the four hour ride-along, we responded to nine incidents including five traffic stops, one courtesy ride and three disabled vehicles. One newsworthy quality about Thursday’s ride was Tpr. Wanzenried got to show off his brand new Crown Vic, one of the last off the production line and the last one issued by Washington State Patrol.
Below is a timeline of events as they happened. We were tweeting the incidents last night as well. To read the tweets as they happened, read our Storify for “Tweet-Cap: A ride-along with Washington State Patrol”. Includes photos, tweets and questions from those following along last week.
6:30 p.m. - Arrival to WSP’s district office just off of the interstate near Geiger. Another media outlet is on the scene to also talk to Wanzenried about his new car.
The vehicle, one of the last Crown Victoria Police Interceptors off the manufacturing line, doesn’t have a “name”, but the trooper cherishes this vehicle as a tool to protect him during his job and serve as a mobile office. He was issued the vehicle in June and says he did not expect the amount of media attention he’s receiving.
The trooper poses with his new car. It doesn’t have that new car smell anymore, but a new car smell air freshener hangs just behind the front passenger seat.