Washington State Trooper Travis Beebe, a 17-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, will receive a four day suspension and 44 hours of driver retraining as the result of a multiple-vehicle collision in Port Angeles on Nov. 29.
Beebe, 39, will be required to successfully complete a four hour check ride with a WSP driving instructor. Beebe will also receive an additional 40 hours of driver training at the State Patrol academy with the agency’s next recruit class.
“Trooper Beebe came forward and accepted responsibility for losing control of his car,” said his commander, Capt. Chris Old. “The discipline and re-training I’ve imposed are within the standard range given in these situations.”
The State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team will continue their investigation into the collision itself. Although Trooper Beebe has accepted overall responsibility, the agency also has a responsibility to establish the exact details of what took place.
The collision occurred on US Highway 101, on a curve near Morse Creek. Beebe was attempting to overtake a speeding driver, crossed the center line, and hit two other vehicles.
“We’re greatly relieved that those involved reported minor injuries,” Old said.
Old also reiterated the agency’s request that any witnesses to the collision contact Sergeant Jerry Cooper with the WSP MAIT, (360) 805-1192 or their local WSP office to be put in touch with investigating detectives.
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