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Arrest made in reckless driving case

A driver who allegedly cut off a Washington State Patrol detective in the Hillyard area last month before ramming an unmarked patrol car was arrested Monday.

Justin Tyler Whitney, 30, was arrested nearly one month after the May 9 incident. Trooper Troy Briggs said detectives encountered several dead ends when trying to locate Whitney, delaying his arrest.

Detective M.C. Bambino was southbound on North Market Street approaching East Garland Avenue when he noticed a speeding green pickup driving erratically.

The driver yelled a vulgarity at him before swerving toward his vehicle and refused to pull over, according to an affidavit. The truck stopped near East Carlisle Avenue, then reversed and rammed a Toyota and Bambino’s vehicle before fleeing.

Bambino got the pickup’s license plate number, which came back to Whitney.

Whitney appeared in Superior Court on Tuesday on charges of reckless driving, two counts of hit-and-run and two counts of first-degree assault.



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