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First DUI arrest comes 15 minutes into emphasis patrolling in Snohomish County

First DUI arrest comes 15 minutes into emphasis patrolling in Snohomish County (PHOTO: KOMO News)

Within fifteen minutes of a DUI emphasis, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office had arrested its first DUI driver.

“I definitely see the partnership growing each year and I think that goes to the public's benefit when we all work together,” said John Axtman, 13-year trooper for the Washington State Patrol.

By 11 p.m. that number of DUI arrests had ballooned to six.

Twenty-eight officers from six agencies patrolled for DUI drivers from 7 p.m. Friday into Saturday morning.

Along with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol, officers from Everett PD, Marysville PD, Lake Stevens PD, Mountlake Terrace PD, Monroe PD and the WA Liquor and Cannabis Board were patrolling as part of the ‘Night of a Thousand Stars,’ a campaign to cut down on DUI drivers statewide.

Earlier Friday evening, the Target Zero Task Force recognized a patrol of five state troopers who collectively have arrested 1,023 DUI drivers this year.

That same task force in 2017 arrested less than 900.

The Snohomish County Target Zero Task Force dedicated the night to Josie Lundquist who was hit by a driver suspected of DUI on November 30.

KOMO talked with Josie’s mom and sister at Harborview Medical Center on Wednesday.

“We both keep asking, why bad things happen to good people,” said Stephanie Lundquist, Josie’s sister.

The family says Josie had undergone six surgeries in six days after the crash Friday afternoon on SR-522 in Monroe.

“Watching her go through all this is probably the toughest thing anybody has to go through,” said Jody Lundquist, Josie’s mom.

Statewide there have been 14,897 DUI arrests, according to the Washington State Patrol.

“It’s so unnecessary. People, I understand people make mistakes, but these are so preventable. They are 100 percent preventable,” said Jody Lundquist, who said Josie is expected to survive and did not experience any spine or brain damage.

The Target Zero Task Force will continue its DUI emphasis patrols throughout the month.

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