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Skagit County Prosecutor Charges Deputy with Vehicular Assault



CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263

EVERETT, Wash. - The Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney has notified the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office that felony vehicular assault charges have been filed against a Sheriff’s patrol deputy for a 2015 collision that left a bystander seriously injured.  Charges were filed with Snohomish County Superior Court following the results of a Washington State Patrol investigation of the collision.  Skagit County was asked to review the results of the investigation since the incident involved a Snohomish County employee.

The incident occurred when Deputy John Sadro was driving his patrol car in Everett southbound on Rockefeller Ave around 11:45 a.m. on April 17, 2015 when he struck a vehicle at the 23rd St intersection.  The collision caused serious injuries to a 60 year-old Darrington man who was working nearby when the collision occurred.

“We have been working closely with the man who was injured and his family in the months that followed the collision,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary.  “This was a terrible accident and we are doing everything we can to help them in whatever way we can.”

Snohomish County has paid for the remodeling of the man’s home to accommodate the disability he now has as a result of the collision and purchased a van that can accommodate his wheelchair.

Deputy Sadro, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2006, was placed on administrative leave following the collision, as is standard per Sheriff’s Office policy, and returned to patrol on May 14, 2015.  Based on the charging decision, the 55 year-old deputy has been placed on modified desk duty, effective immediately, and is no longer on patrol.  The Office of Professional Accountability has started an internal investigation to review the incident.