Man gets I-5 speeding ticket, loses a quarter-million dollars
By Seattle Times staff
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WASHINGTON STATE PATROL
Here's the cash, seized from a visiting Canadian who had a hard time explaining how he got it.
Driving 11 miles over the speed limit cost one driver more than a quarter-million dollars this weekend — at least for now.
A State Patrol trooper spotted a Honda Accord speeding southbound on Interstate 5 on Friday, according to State Patrol spokesman Jeff Merrill. It was raining, and the driver was cruising down the freeway at 71 mph. So the trooper pulled the driver over, Merrill said.
The 35-year-old from British Columbia, who had a valid driver's license, struggled to tell the trooper where he was going and how long he had been in Washington, prompting the trooper to search his car, Merrill said.
The trooper found two suitcases in the trunk — one filled with $276,640 in cash. The driver claimed he won the stacks of dollar bills at 23 casinos in Washington, California and Nevada, but he was unable to produce any receipts, according to Merrill.
The money was confiscated as the State Patrol investigates the incident. Merrill said if it is determined the man obtained the money legally it will be returned to him.
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