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Everett police arrest Malsch today
According to the Redmond Police Department Twitter via Q13 Fox and Washington’s Most Wanted, Everett police arrested Robert Malsch today.
The report states: “They got an anonymous tip that he was in a vehicle at a gas station in Everett. Officers responded and found a matching vehicle in the area and contacted the driver. Malsch provided a false name, had dyed his hair red and cut it. They compared photos and made a positive ID. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail.”
Malsch, a 21-year-old man from Lynnwood who pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide, hit-and-run felony and reckless driving in Redmond in February 2015, failed to appear for his trial on Feb. 29, according to King County Superior Court documents.
The court issued a bench warrant in State of Washington vs. Robert James Malsch for his arrest, and bail on the warrant is $150,000. The defendant had been out of custody after posting bond, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
A Reporter story noted that Malsch was involved in a two-car collision early Feb. 28, 2015, which resulted in the death of the driver in the other car. The other driver was identified as Michael Ey.
A Redmond Police Department spokesperson said Malsch was traveling at a high speed and rear-ended Ey, whose vehicle was stopped at a traffic light off State Route 520 and Avondale Road.
Malsch took two blood tests at Harborview Medical Center, one of which was sent to the Washington State Toxicology laboratory and one that revealed his blood-alcohol level to be approximately three times the legal limit of .08, court documents state.
Malsch was transported to Harborview for non-life-threatening injuries.
According to court documents, a witness driver estimated that Malsch was driving at "100-plus mph" on SR 520 — which has a posted 60-mph speed limit — and nearly hit his vehicle prior to the collision, which took place in a 40-mph zone. It is not clear how fast Malsch was driving at the time of the accident.