ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL NO. 2429
C 235 L 90
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1990 Regular Session
By Representatives R. Meyers and Scott
Read first time 1/12/90 and referred to Committee on Fisheries & Wildlife.
AN ACT Relating to attempts by vessel operators to elude pursuing law enforcement vessels; adding new sections to chapter 88.08 RCW; and prescribing penalties.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 88.08 RCW to read as follows:
Any operator of a vessel who willfully fails to stop when requested or signaled to do so by a person reasonably identifiable as a law enforcement officer is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 88.08 RCW to read as follows:
Any operator of a vessel who willfully fails or refuses to immediately bring the vessel to a stop and who operates the vessel in a manner indicating a wanton or willful disregard for the lives or property of others while attempting to elude a pursuing law enforcement vessel, after being given a visual or audible signal to bring the vessel to a stop, shall be guilty of a class C felony punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW. The signal given by the law enforcement officer may be by hand, voice, emergency light, or siren. The officer giving such a signal shall be in uniform and his or her vessel shall be appropriately marked showing it to be an official law enforcement vessel. Passed the House February 12, 1990.