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Woodinville speeders caught with kids in trunk, drugs

  • Written by Don Mann
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Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol. This is the back seat of the 2007 Nissan Sentra when children were found in the trunk.
What began as a speeding ticket escalated to a drug bust.

And then it became something else entirely when three children and a dog were found locked in the trunk.

In addition to drug charges, Woodinville residents Anna Marie Boyle, 28, and Aaron James Johnson, 27, now face three felony counts of child endangerment.

The children belong to Boyle, the driver. Johnson later told state troopers he was Boyle’s fiance.The children, ages 8, 7 and 5, and the dog were later taken to Child Protective Services (CPS).

It all began at about 11 a.m. last Sunday when Boyle’s 2007 black Nissan Sentra was pulled over on Interstate 405 near the Canyon Park area of Bothell.

It was reported to be traveling 77 mph in a 60 mph zone. Approaching from the passenger side, the trooper immediately smelled the odor of marijuana.

According to Trooper Keith Leary, the driver stated “I took a few hits earlier.” He added both the driver and passenger appeared very nervous — “more nervous than usual” — as the driver fumbled through paperwork and garbage on the floor.

After gaining consent to search the vehicle, the trooper found drug paraphernalia, evidence of methamphetamine, heroin and various types of prescription pills.

While continuing to search the back seat filled with various items, including a guitar and a snowboard, the trooper heard a thumping sound coming from the trunk. A second trooper then arrived on the scene. He opened the trunk to find the children and dog inside. The driver told troopers the children had crawled back there while they were driving to her mother’s house in Everett. Leary said he did not believe that was possible with so many items and no car seats in the back seat.

The trooper then arrested the driver and the passenger.

When the trooper spoke with the children they said they had not eaten since the previous night. While waiting for CPS to arrive, a police sergeant went to a nearby McDonalds and bought the children lunch, Leary said.

Boyle and Johnson were booked into the Snohomish County jail. The vehicle was impounded.

“We’re so thankful this car was not involved in a collision and that the kids did not suffer from being in (the trunk of) a black car in the full sunshine on a warm day.”

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