3rd WSP patrol car struck in one-week period; trooper injured

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - A state trooper sustained minor injuries when his car was struck early Tuesday while parked on the shoulder of Interstate 5 near Bellingham, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Trooper Mark Francis said it was the third time in a week that a trooper has been struck on Washington state roadways.

A preliminary investigation found that the 47-year-old trooper was parked on the shoulder along the northbound lanes of I-5 when his patrol car was hit by a 2011 Chevy pickup being driven by a 56-year-old Lakewood man.

The trooper was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham for treatment of minor injuries and released. His patrol car, a 2012 Chevy Caprice, was totaled.

The driver of the pickup was not injured. Charges are pending against him.

Drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the crash, the State Patrol reported.