The State Patrol says troopers are not federal agents and detaining people is not their jobs. However, troopers are allowed to contact federal authorities.
TACOMA — Washington State Patrol is investigating to see if it followed its own policies after a minor crash on Interstate 5 could lead to a man’s deportation.
The State Patrol does not have a policy of detaining or questioning people based on their immigration status.
The News Tribune reports that when Armando Chavez Corona’s car was hit during a multivehicle collision Feb. 9, a trooper did a routine check of his driver’s license. When he did, a notice appeared from federal authorities indicating Chavez Corona was a deported felon.
The trooper then contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to confirm the details. Later ICE agents took Corona into custody.
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State Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore says troopers are not federal agents and detaining people is not their jobs. He did say, however, that troopers are allowed to contact federal authorities.