Man killed after WSP chase near Moses Lake

Story Highlights:
One dead in Moses Lake car accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by DUI
Driver pursued by Washington State Patrol after resisting arrest for drug possession
Crash still currently under investigation



Date: March 15, 2011, 03/15/2011
Location: Moses Lake, Grant County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision, DUI collision
Outcome: One dead

On Tuesday night, a man was killed after fleeing from Washington State Patrol near Moses Lake.

A State Trooper had pulled 40-year-old David Folden over for a seat belt violation, but when he came near the car he smelled marijuana. When he asked Folden to step out of the car so that he could arrest him, he sped off.

Washington State Patrol pursued Folden until he lost control over his car and slid off the road into a concrete irrigation structure. An aid crew found a bag that apparently contained drugs in his mouth before performing CPR. Folden was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities are still investigating the details of the collision but the main causing factor is believed to be the driver operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Moses Lake Fatal Accident Statistics for 2008
Fatal accident count: 2
Vehicles involved in fatal accidehttps: 3
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 1
Fatalities: 2
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 4
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

Failure to stop for law enforcement officer
Any operator of a vessel who willfully fails to stop when requested or signaled to do so by a person reasonably identifiable as a law enforcement officer is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

Washington State Marijuana Possession Law
Except as provided in RCW 69.50.401(2)(c), any person found guilty of possession of forty grams or less of marihuana is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Seattle Car Accident Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences to the family of David Folden and urge them to find a competent wrongful death lawyer that will seek compensation from their insurance company. If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident, Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We understand the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious auto accident. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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