Deputy Charged With Felony In Everett Crash

May 5, 2016

Everett, Police Blotter


A look at the deputy’s car.


A look at where the pedestrian was pinned.

Formal charges for Vehicular Assault have been filed against Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputy John R. Sadro in a 2015 crash that cost an Everett man his legs.

The crash happened on April 17th, 2015 at the intersection of Rockefeller and 23rd street north of downtown Everett.

According to the charging papers, about 11:45 AM, Deputy Sadro was going south on Rockefeller when he failed to stop for a stop sign at 23rd Street.

His patrol car was broadsided by a Honda Element and spun into a parked pickup truck where an Everett man, Thomas Gillette, was retrieving some tools.

The deputy’s car pinned Gillette who had to have both legs amputated as a result of the crash.

The charging documents say the deputy was travelling between 46-47 miles per hour at the time of impact.

The speed limit on that street is 25 miles per hour.

Sadro is expected to enter a plea to the charges on the 23rd of this month. If convicted he could face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $20,000.00 or both.


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6 Responses to “Deputy Charged With Felony In Everett Crash”

  1. Kristy Says:

    When will the time come when the police will be held fully accountable for their misdeeds? When cops commit grievous acts and don’t pay a dime for their actions, what lessons are learned? They learn that if they can get away with it once, they can get away with it again and again, without repercussions or reproach. Time to change that, if they commit an infraction, they should be required to pay for it, not the taxpayers, if we have it this way, maybe this might stop the corruption and force the accountability that the citizens deserve. (Btw very happy that Mr Sadro is being brought up on charges, he deserves the 10 years and the fine and the taxpayers should not have to be on the hook for any of it.)

    • Carmine Says:

      That’s a nice theory, but who pays civil settlements if it is a cable company truck driver? Insurance and employer. How about a forklift crash in a warehouse? Insurance and employer. No different here. Snohomish County is responsible for employee actions just like any other company would be..,.,

  2. Eleanore Says:

    not only do the cops speed they are on their phones/computers half the time they are driving

  3. Girl Says:

    Im no cop hater, actually I really appreciate them. However, they really do drive WAY too fast sometimes, they aren’t invincible. Bad things can and will happen. Guess this cop learned the hard way. Poor innocent victim too.

  4. jose Says:

    The deputy needs to be held accountable and not be shielded by the thin blue line BS! This is going to cost us taxpayers a lot and rightfully so, we voted for these “leaders”. Anyhow, if this deputy was smart he would get a Bellingham layer and claim sleep apnea as his defense. Go Hawks!!!

  5. Bourne Says:

    No worries Everett taxpayers, we have plenty of money sitting around to pay off a multimillion dollar civil lawsuit, keep this officer behind bars for a few years, and then more than likely, pay his retirement benefits.

    You know what would be a good idea right about now? Raising the sales tax.