Northwest NEWS

January 11, 1999

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Investigation continuing into car chase death

by Valley View staff

   CARNATION--An investigation into a car crash that killed a Mill Creek man while he was being pursued by a Carnation police officer is expected to take up to two months, according to King County Sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart.

   The chase began just north of the city of Carnation on the Carnation-Duvall Road (SR-203) at about 1:15 a.m. Jan. 4 and ended at 1:23 a.m. on a curve just north of NE 124th St., police said. Dale E. Degolier, 28, was killed instantly when he was thrown from his car after it left the road and rolled over.

   Interim Carnation police Chief D.J. Nesel said the officer first saw the 1991 Chevrolet Blazer in Carnation traveling on the wrong side of the road. His car and several others were nearly hit as the speeding vehicle headed northbound out of town.

   The officer, a veteran of several years with the Carnation department, tried to pull the car over, but it continued speeding, reaching a speed of 90 m.p.h. before it crashed.

   "While the incident is still under investigation, it looks like it was a justified pursuit within the parameters of pursuit policy," said Nesel. "Our policy is centered around public safety. After seeing how the car was being driven, the officer felt he had an obligation to get him off the road. In my opinion, he made the right choice." The King County Sheriff's Office has declined to reveal the patrolman's name.

   Nesel said investigators are still waiting for toxicology reports on Degolier. He added that Degolier was facing several counts in Issaquah District Court, including driving with a suspended license. He also had a record of traffic and drug arrests in King and Snohomish County.

   The King County Sheriff's Office MARR Unit (Major Accident Response and Reconstruction) is investigating the accident. Under contract, the King County Sheriff's Office provides supervision to the Carnation Police Department. The Sheriff's Office will begin providing full police service to the city of Carnation beginning Feb. 1.