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Archive for March 30th, 2018

Originally published in The Seattle Times, March 30, 1988

By Dawn Yoshitake

Tucked behind a barn, Black Diamond Police Officer Tom Chase watches for speeding vehicles (Betty Udesen/Seattle Times).

Tucked behind a barn, Black Diamond Police Officer Tom Chase watches for speeding vehicles (Betty Udesen/Seattle Times).

Parked next to an old garage on Roberts Drive, shrouded by darkness and rain, police officer Tom Chase waits.

Within 10 minutes, his radar detector begins to whine, its pitch rising with the red digital numbers that flash the accelerating speed of an approaching red van.

The driver’s speed reaches 38 mph but drops abruptly after he spots the black patrol car. Chase, with reflexes a tad slow this time, clocks him at 35 mph—10 miles over the speed limit. (more…)

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