Reckless driving charge for airborne driver
June 6, 2008 · 3:38 PM
The driver of the car that missed a curve at Cattle Point Road, launched into the air and crashed onto a field April 2 has been charged with reckless driving.
Investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor, as well as vehicle speed, but a law enforcement officer at Harborview Medical Center failed to give Jared Wold an "implied consent warning" before taking a blood test.
Sheriff Bill Cumming called it a "procedural issue" tantamount to reading someone their rights. Under the state's implied consent law, "the officer shall warn the driver ... (a) If the driver refuses to take the test, the driver's license, permit or privilege to drive will be revoked or denied for at least one year; and (b) If the driver refuses to take the test, the driver's refusal to take the test may be used in a criminal trial; and (c) If the driver submits to the test and the test is administered, the driver's license, permit or privilege to drive will be suspended, revoked or denied for at least ninety days" if the test determines the alcohol concentration of the driver's breath or blood is 0.08 or more.
Without having given an implied consent warning, a suspect's blood alcohol level cannot be admitted as evidence.
Investigators believe Wold, 22, of Friday Harbor was driving south on Mullis Street at a high rate of speed and missed the curve at Golf Course Road. Investigators believe his 1993 Lincoln launched out of a ditch, traveled through the air at 52 mph, cleared the road and some power transformers, clipped a tree and crashed into a field owned by Jeff and Alicia Carnevali, leaving a trail of debris.
A neighbor heard the crash and called 911 at 10:33 p.m. Wold was found walking on the road, attempting to flag cars down for help, Cumming said. A lot of blood was visible on his person.
Wold was flown to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. His dog died at the scene.