Something in the system is broken. Let’s fix it.
King 5 reports that in the months after Rodrigue Johnstone led police on a high-speed chase and crashed into a Lake Stevens house, killing his friend and nearly killing sleeping children inside, he has been arrested for extremely dangerous driving four more times. Four.
There is absolutely no excuse for why Johnstone was allowed to be out of jail let alone anywhere close to a set of car keys.
There is a clear difference between someone being negligent or even criminally negligent behind the wheel and what this guy was doing. The fact that our laws keep letting him back into the streets should be a call to action in Olympia and at the King County Prosecutor’s Office. Why is leading police on a high-speed chase through a neighborhood not treated the same as rampaging through a neighborhood firing a gun into the air? It is exactly as dangerous to the public and exactly as malicious.
Do you think Charlene Gutierrez would have cared whether her sleeping children were killed by a car or a gun? The pain is the same. The penalty should be, too.