As a Seattle personal injury attorney I can’t think of anything more disgraceful than a police officer driving under the influence and causing an auto accident. In 2010 alone Washington State had over 7,000 auto accidents caused by drunk drivers. Getting behind the wheel intoxicated is selfish and will continue to cause serious injuries and even the wrongful death of innocent victims until we are able to stop this unhealthy behavior.

Thursday afternoon Seattle police officer John Fox, a 23-year veteran of the force, caused a multi-car crash when he rear-ended a vehicle at the intersection of Chennault Beach Road and State Route 525 in Mukilteo. When Mukilteo police arrived at the scene they noticed that Fox showed signs of being very intoxicated and he refused a breathalyzer test at the scene and back at the department. Fortunately no one was injured in the accident, and after receiving a citation and a court date, Fox was released. Although it is unclear as to whether or not Fox was on-duty he was driving in an unmarked police car.

Surprisingly, new reports show that this isn’t even the first time Fox has been cited for DUI, records show that fox served one day in jail and paid a fine along with completing alcohol education after being arrested in 1994.

As much as I respect our police force and everything they do to protect our lives every single day, I find myself thinking that they should be held to a higher standard when it comes to drinking and driving. It is not something I would ever expect to see from a police officer, especially one that has been on the force for so long. But as a Seattle car accident attorney, I know the devastation a drunk driver can bring to friends and family of loved one’s injured by their negligent actions. I can only hope that Mr. Fox is punished fairly and not given special treatment because of his badge.

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