WSP: Drunk driver pulled over by lieutenant in 36-foot motorhome

WSP: Drunk driver pulled over by lieutenant in 36-foot motorhome
Washington State Patrol's Mobile Impaired Driving Unit.

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- While the country discusses the troubling militarization of its police forces, drunk drivers in Washington should perhaps be worried about the recreational-ization of its State Patrol after a 28-year-old man was arrested by a lieutenant behind the wheel of a 36-foot motorhome Aug. 9.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the lieutenant was driving the department's Mobile Impaired Driving Unit back to its Bellevue District office around 3 a.m. when he spotted an erratic driver on 156th Street near I-90.

The Mobile Impaired Driving Unit is a 36-foot motorhome that has been turned into a mobile DUI processing center and command post. It is also equipped with emergency lights.

As there were no other units in the area, the lieutenant pulled over the 2001 Honda Accord and arrested the driver for investigation of DUI.

It probably looked like a rhinoceros catching a hamster.