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Troop in PA accident suspended 4 days - 44 hours driver retraining

December 12th, 2013 - 5:35pm

(Olympia)- A 17-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol will receive a four-day suspension and 44 total hours of driver retraining, as the result of a multiple-vehicle collision in Port Angeles on November 29th.

39-year-old Trooper Travis Beebe will be required to successfully complete a four hour check ride with a W-S-P 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.

Captain Chris Old, Beebe's commander, says “Trooper Beebe came forward and accepted responsibility for losing control of his car.”

“The discipline and re-training I’ve imposed are within the standard range given in these situations”, Old added.

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.

Old says, “We’re greatly relieved that those involved reported minor injuries.”

Old also reiterated the agency’s request that any witnesses to the collision contact Sergeant Jerry Cooper with the W-S-P Major Accident Investigation Team at 360-805-1192 or their local W-S-P office to be put in touch with investigating detectives.

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