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QUINCY, Wash. (AP) - A Washington State Patrol employee is on
paid leave while the agency investigates his story that he crashed
his state vehicle while tracking an endangered pygmy rabbit.
John J. Allen, 54, of Ephrata was arrested at the Quincy Valley
Medical Center for investigation of driving under the influence of
alcohol after the crash, which occurred while he was on duty last
Grant County Chief Criminal Deputy John Turley said Allen told
an investigator he had been following a Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit
because he wanted to track its location.
One of the world's smallest rabbits, the Columbia Basin pygmy
has been designated as an endangered species. Scientists estimate
there are fewer than 30 of the burrowing rabbits in the wild, all
living near Ephrata.
Allen told crash investigators and a fire official he had left a
road to follow the rabbit into the sagebrush. The Suburban rolled
and started a half-acre grass fire, Turley said.
Reached at his Ephrata home Monday, Allen declined comment.
Capt. Bill Larson, commander of State Patrol District 6, said
Allen was placed on paid administrative leave while officials await
results of a blood-alcohol test, expected in two to four weeks.
Allen, a supervisor in the agency's Electronic Services
Division, has been a patrol employee for 22 years, Larson said.
Larson said internal investigators plan to wait until a
potential criminal charge against Allen is resolved before deciding
his employment status.
(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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05-15-2003, 02:36 AM #1
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05-15-2003, 01:57 PM #2
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So how is the accident report going to read: "I was following this rabbit, it was small and fuzzy brown, with pointy ears, and he hopped along the road until I started to follow him. He then veered over the edge of the embankment, and I tried to follow. The next thing I knew, I was upside down and ....."If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)
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05-15-2003, 04:25 PM #3
There are fewer then 30, OOPS, make that 28 left in the wild.
What was those two fur balls stuck to the roof of his car?
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