Chase Washatko, 27, was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide in a collision caught on video by an ambulance also involved in the crash. Police said Washatko had been spotted driving erratically and passing traffic in 12th Ave’s two-way turn lane before the 12:15 AM collision. A SPD officer turned to begin pursuing the suspect with lights flashing when the crash occurred a few blocks away:
As part of their plea, Washatko’s attorneys asked for a sentencing range of up to seven years given the defendant’s remorse and lack of a felony criminal record. Judge John Erlick agreed that the seven-year sentence was appropriate.
Police say Washatko said he had been drinking at 13 Coins on Denny and had gotten lost trying to drive to his mother’s home in Gig Harbor. Police say his blood alcohol level tested at 0.20% following the crash — well above the state’s 0.08% threshold.
The 61-year-old Mohammed worked at Ballard High School as a custodian.