Snohomish County, WA – Washington State Patrol Trooper Victor Pendt was conducting a traffic stop on Southbound I-5 near Milepost 191 in Snohomish County around 6:16 p.m. on May 13th, 2019 when an alleged impaired driver slammed into his patrol vehicle.
According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol, Trooper Pendt was driving a 2017 Dodge Charger and was stationary on the right shoulder of I-5 when a silver 2019 Chevrolet Equinox SUV veered onto the right shoulder and slammed into his patrol vehicle. The Equinox was being driven by 72-year old Joyce Johnson of Everett. Johnson was transported to Providence Hospital and according to Trooper Heather Axtman, Johnson was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Trooper Pendt was injured and transported to Providence Colby Campus for treatment where his condition is unknown.
Both Vehicles were totaled and impounded to the Washington State Patrol bullpen in Marysville.
Troopers say both drivers wore seat belts and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.