Suspect In DUI Vehicular Assault On State Trooper Faces Sentencing
On Friday (May 27th), Julio Matins-Paes was scheduled to appear for sentencing in front of Judge J. Hill at the Regional Justice Center in Kent for Vehicular Assault charges stemming from a December 13, 2009 serious injury collision involving a Washington State Patrol Trooper.
The Washington State Patrol reports that on December 13th, a Trooper was transported to the hospital after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver at approximately 10:30 p.m. in Sea-Tac.
WSP communications received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a maroon 1989 Toyota Corolla as a possible DUI southbound on I-5 in King County. The responding trooper parked on the right shoulder just north of 188th St. attempting to locate the reported vehicle. As the Toyota approached the troopers location it didn’t even slow down as it crossed multiple lanes and slammed into the rear of the fully marked patrol car. After the impact the Toyota returned to the roadway and was hit by a black 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer.
The injured trooper is 46-years old, and is a 17-year veteran with the WSP. He was transported to the hospital with non-serious injuries.
Marins-Paes, the driver of the Toyota Corolla, a 44 year-old Seattle resident, has a prior DUI conviction and was driving on a suspended license. He was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Here are some photos from the incident: