A Washington State Patrol trooper's career could be over after he was arrested in Tacoma Sunday, accused of driving drunk and eluding fellow officers.
Trooper David Bertholf was booked into the Pierce County Jail, where his bail was set for $35,000.
There is no public record of Bertholf's blood alcohol level. WSP spokesman Rob Huss said a breath test failed, but a search warrant was filed for a blood test.
The incident started when reports of a collision near SR 16 and Union Avenue came into WSP around 2:30 p.m., said Huss.
Witnesses claimed a maroon SUV sideswiped another vehicle and then fled the scene. Troopers soon spotted the SUV and engaged in a short pursuit.
The SUV stopped near Portland Avenue in the area of Interstate 5. When the arresting trooper walked up to the driver's side of the car, he recognized Bertholf, Huss said.
Bertholf will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.