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King County detective suspended after Uber driver attack

Associated Press

SEATTLE – The King County Sheriff’s Office said a detective was suspended for four days without pay after an internal investigation determined she punched, kicked, scratched and slapped an Uber driver while she was off duty.

King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht said this week that detective Janette Luitgaarden would serve the suspension for unbecoming conduct in the Nov. 4, 2017 incident.

The Washington State Patrol said Luitgaarden appeared significantly intoxicated after she attacked the driver while the car was southbound on Interstate 405.

A police report said that Luitgaarden began yelling that she was being kidnapped while in the vehicle and tried to jump out of the moving car. The report said she attacked the driver after the driver grabbed her arm to keep her from jumping.

Luitgaarden’s union representative said she was experiencing personal problems that night and was embarrassed by her actions.

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