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Toyota tramples grave marker in Edmonds cemetery


A Toyota truck ran over a grave marker at the Edmonds Cemetery June 28. The driver was arrested and charged with drunken driving.

This happened.

Edmonds Police Sgt. Shane Hawley tells us that a caller reported Friday, June 28, that a man in a truck had driven over a grave marker at the Edmonds Cemetery and was unable to get the vehicle dislodged.

A patrol officer arrived and, based on signs and symptoms the driver was exhibiting, began an investigation for DUI. The man, a 61-year-old from Shoreline, was arrested and ultimately booked into the Snohomish County Jail for DUI.

Not to mention disturbing the peace.

"The suspect was booked for DUI after refusing to provide a breath sample," Hawley said. "The officer wrote a search warrant, authorizing a blood sample be collected. The sample will be sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab for testing."

After the Beacon initially posted the story on Facebook, Jay H. Larkin posted before-and-after pictures of the damaged memorial.

The memorial is for Jay's mother, Janice Larkin.

"We are doing fine," Jay wrote on Facebook. "The maker, made by brother, will be recreated and replaced. We are glad that it was the marker and not someone taking a walk.

"My mother's brother said she always loved it when people dropped by, although this might have been a little extreme."

This story has obviously touched a nerve in Edmonds and beyond. The Facebook post is the most read of any the Beacon has ever published. It has received more than 32,000 page views.


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