Trooper suspended for 4 days after Port Angeles crash

Trooper suspended for 4 days after Port Angeles crash
The 2011 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car is shown with the two other vehicles involved in a collision at the bottom of the Morse Creek "S" curve on U.S. Highway 101 east of Port Angeles. (Photo: Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Beebe will be suspended for four days following a crash on U.S. 101 near Port Angeles that investigators concluded was his fault.

Sgt. Jason Hicks told the Peninsula Daily News Beebe lost control on a curve while trying to overtake a speeder on Nov. 29. He made a U-turn and struck two vehicles. One of the other drivers was treated for neck pain, and Beebe's patrol car was destroyed.

Beebe was also was involved in a May 2012 chase east of Port Angeles that ended in the death of a motorcycle rider and the destruction of his patrol car.

In that case, troopers say the motorcyclist went over an embankment on his own and died as a result of his injuries. Beebe, who was in pursuit, also went over the embankment, but troopers say his vehicle never made contact with the motorcyclists.

Beebe will also be required to take 44 hours of driver retraining including a four-hour check ride with a state patrol driving instructor.

"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.