The biggest shopping day of the year.
Trooper Travis Beebe performs his dreaded “bat turn” to pursue a speeding vehicle.
After performing a u-turn on busy Highway 101, he accelerated, lost control of his state cruiser and plowed into two vehicles–head on.
Luckily none of the nine victims of this three-car crash were seriously injured.
Such was not the case in May of 2012 when Trooper Beebe pursued Bjorn Larsen to his death on Deer Park Road. According to witnesses, Beebe was pursuing Larsen’s motorcycle at high rate of speed on a narrow Deer Park Road. Motorists pulling over to get out of the way of the speeding vehicles claimed Beebe was less than a car length behind Larsen’s motorcycle; traveling at speeds up to 60 miles per hour, just seconds before Larsen missed a curve or–was clipped by Beebe’s cruiser, and plunged over an embankment. Beebe’s cruiser went over the same embankment seconds later and came to rest near the dead motorcyclist.
The speed limit on this stretch of road is 35 miles per hour.
Beebe did not initiate the chase of Larsen. The initial pursuit was by Deputy Sheriff Murphy. How Beebe got into first place behind Larsen has not been determined. He would have passed the county cruiser somewhere along the chase to be first in line behind Larsen’s motorcycle.
The deputy’s cruiser did not go over the edge.
State crews removed Beebe’s cruiser from the ravine in the middle of the night before a proper investigation could take place. Witnesses say the wrecker removed the cruiser and motorcycle around 3 am; the night of the crash. An ambulance carried Bjorn Larsen’s body to the morgue.
Normally, in a fatal crash, investigators will take measurements of skid marks, shoot telemetry to gauge the speed of the vehicles, and photograph the vehicles in the positions they came to rest.
From this they can reconstruct the event with scientific data, not just the word of those involved.
This is how it is done with traffic fatalities when there’s no troubled law enforcement office involved.
Beebe was driving a “state of the art” patrol car. His prize for being selected “Trooper of the Year” in 2010; when he wrote up to a million dollars in tickets.
Seems a state of the art cruiser would have a dash cam. State investigators denied there was a dash cam in Beebe’s state of the art cruiser when he chased Larsen to his death.
An investigator, hired by Larsen’s family, stated there were holes in the dash board and wires dangling from the dash of the wrecked cruiser. The holes were located where the mounting bracket for a dash cam might be located.
After Beebe’s Black Friday crash–his third wreck of a state cruiser– residents, including Larsen’s sister arranged a public protest of Beebe’s “aggressive driving tactics” on Saturday; December 7th.
This protest covered that day online by Port O’ Call News.
It took until the following Tuesday before the daily paper made mention of the protest. Allegedly, the daily paper refused to run an announcement of the planned protest.
The Forks Forum; owned by the same parent company as the daily paper assured the Larsen family an announcement of the protest would run in their December 5th issue. No mention of the planned protest appeared in the Forks Forum. John Brewer; publisher of the daily paper would not respond to the question: “Did you nix the story in the Forks Forum?”
While Beebe’s record includes at least three crashes the state expunges records after 5 years. Beebe has been on patrol for 17 years. Records for the first 12 years are unavailable for public inspection. They may not exist at all.
A few more episodes of Beebe’s bizarre behavior come to the fore each time Beebe makes news. There is the story of Beebe allegedly using his state cruiser to run off the road two motorcyclist riding dirt bikes near Joyce.
According to Mitch Zenobi; he and his brother were out riding dirt bikes on the logging roads. To further their ride they had to get onto a paved road for a short ways to link up with a favorite road on the other side.
Immediately upon turning off the logging road onto the paved road; the boys found Trooper Beebe right behind them. Within fifteen seconds of hearing the siren Mitch Zenobi was slammed into by the state cruiser; driven by Beebe. The dash cam showed fifteen seconds from the time the pull over lights came on until Beebe passes the boys on a blind curve and steers his cruiser into the lead bike; striking the dirt bike rider with the rear passenger side door of the state police cruiser. The boys were able to avoid going over that embankment by skillful control of their bikes.
Had they gone over the embankment there may have been a Bjorn Larsen type story in 2004.
Almost everyone is told to pull over “in a safe place” when signaled by law enforcement officer. Zenobi explained he was traveling about 35 miles per hour and was very near a wide shoulder where they could pull off safely. Just a few seconds after activating the siren Beebe rammed his patrol car into Zenobi’s trail bike according to Zenobi.
Later; when filling out the incident report, Beebe checked the box “driver stopped voluntarily.”
As more and more state cars arrived on the scene, in Joyce, Beebe’s story kept changing. First he said the boys attacked him. This would explain the boys’ bruises from being hit by the state cruiser. The dash cam on Beebe’s cruiser showed fifteen seconds from start of incident until he ran the bikes off the road, striking them with his car.
The Zenobi’s problems were just beginning. By the time law enforcement took in the entire situation they decided it necessary to charge the boys; ages 18 and 21, with Terrorism. In this way they could keep the boys jailed incommunicado until the bruises healed enough to let them out. Their bond was first set at $250,000 each. At the same time, according to Zenobi; there was a Sequim man in jail who’d killed his wife. His bond was lower than was the Zenobi brothers who allegedly “failed to stop fast enough for Beebe”
They were not allowed visitors for three days. When the bruises healed they were released on their own recognizance, meaning no bail money required.
When the Zenobi boys went to trial the police report was not allowed into evidence. It is plainly written on the police report the drivers pulled over voluntarily. Yet they were found guilty of “attempt to elude” a class c felony. During the trial the Zenobi’s lawyer and one or more members of the jury were pulled over by various state patrol cars on their way to the courthouse.
In testimony at trial Beebe allegedly testified the boys attempted to elude him yet, he had written in the police report the boys pulled over voluntarily. A case can be made that Beebe either committed perjury or entered false information on a police report. These two items are diametrically opposed to each other. Both cannot be correct.
After the trial concluded; both boys found guilty of felony attempt to elude, they went out to dinner in Joyce. Zenobi said he could see from the restaurant, half a dozen state patrol cars stopping everyone who came by.
Now, let us go back 15 years; it would be Beebe’s 3rd year as a trooper. This is the story of a 40 something year old female school teacher driving home from work after dark near LaPush. Nancy Rhode recounts her chilling encounter with Beebe.
“It was 15 years ago I was driving home from school in my older van. I had the radio on and it may have been too loud because I did not hear the siren nor could I see the lights flashing because of the curtains in the van. When I finally realized he was behind me I pulled over. When I did he ordered me to throw my keys out the window and show my hands. I did as he said. Then he ordered me to get out of the vehicle which I did. When I did I looked back and he had his gun drawn on me and was behind the door of his car. He ordered me to raise my blouse to see if I had any weapon on me. I was crushed that he could treat an innocent school teacher this way. After hearing about the Larsen incident I realized how lucky I was.
Altogether these stories show a pattern of bad decision making on his part. He has not been trained well or he is not supervised well.
As time went on I heard the stories of the Zenobi brothers and how they were treated. What’s shocking is neither of those boys had ever been in trouble before and neither have I.
Experience hasn’t taught Beebe anything.
My friend wrote an email to the governor and told him my story. She then gave me a number to call for a Trooper Geoff Jacobson. Allegedly, Jacobson was doing an investigation of Beebe. When I called Jacobson and told him my story he immediately began to defend Beebe’s actions. It didn’t sound like an objective investigation if he was defending everything I said. He needs to do more listening and less defending. I told the investigator Beebe terrorized me and the investigator said “it was a good stop.”
After hearing all these stories and reading all these stories I formed the opinion that Beebe has a judgment problem; and it’s gone on for 15 years.”
When I thought about it later I realized he must have profiled the van and thought it was an Indian or Hispanic because it was in rough shape. There was a lot of Hispanics involved with salal picking at the time.
It was very upsetting and frightening; I still have flash-backs of the incident after all these years.
After this happened I told people at work about it and several others recounted similar stories of incidents they had with Beebe and his aggressive behavior with them.”
Fast forward a few years until Beebe stops William Campbell. “He pulled me over because a tail light was out. I pulled over into the Jiffy Lube. Immediately Beebe demanded I do a sobriety test. I explained to him I was diabetic and on my way to the store to get something to eat I was afraid I would go into diabetic coma. Beebe insisted I do the sobriety tests. I told him I couldn’t do them, I was shaking uncontrollably due to low sugar. Plus, this was in February and I left the house in shorts and a tank top; it was an emergency that I get something to eat. All the while Beebe is demanding I do the sobriety tests. I told him I couldn’t. He said do the best you can. Finally I told him I want to be in front of his dash cam and record the way he’s treating me. He arrested me for reckless endangerment and after standing in the blowing cold wind for 2 hours he took me to jail. All the time I am telling everyone near I need to eat something because I’m diabetic. I never got anything to eat until the next morning when the jail served French toast; the last thing I needed to eat. When we first got to the jail Beebe said to the sheriff’s deputy, “this is the one I told you about.” I asked the sheriff’s deputy to go get the video off Beebe’s dash cam. Beebe said “we don’t have to record anything, nothing is recorded.”
Then Beebe started lying his ass off saying I’d admitted to smoking marijuana when I’d never said such a thing. Later,, at trial my court appointed lawyer brought in a plea agreement where he wanted me to plead guilty to reckless endangerment. I told him I wasn’t going to plead guilty to something I didn’t do. The lawyer told me “Judge Porter can put you in jail for 90 days if you do not sign this paper. I was a single parent with two kids at home and two dogs. I had to sign it to get back home. I was given $1,500 fine and probation. They towed my truck, even though it was on private property and not on the street. It cost me $200 to get my truck back. All the time Beebe was screwing with me he had this smirk on his face like he was enjoying my misery. Beebe never reported my diabetic condition. When I told the jailer about it he said “you better not go to sleep or you’ll wake up dead.”
When I got out of jail I called the (daily paper) I spoke with a reporter who said he was going into a meeting and would call me back. He never called back. When I read about the Larsen boy’s death I knew who the trooper was before ever reading his name in the article. I figured something like that would happen sooner or later with Beebe.”
Editor’s note: Several other stories, hauntingly similar, surrounding Beebe, were uncovered. None of the victims would go “on the record” for fear of “retaliation.” Four witnesses to the Larsen chase said they were afraid to have their names published.
If you have a “Beebe Story” contact Port O’ Call Publishing at the end of this article online at
UPDATE: Trooper Travis Beebe has recently been transferred to Jefferson County.
I heard about your paper from a friend in Port Angeles. We are both very much aware of the problems our local government is forcing the population to accept. I live in Sequim and I would like a copy of your paper containing Trooper Beebe's history.
I, too, was stopped & ticketed by Beebe several years ago. At the time I worked at the Sheriff's Department but I did not tell him and he never discovered that fact.
I reported his nasty conduct the next day at work to sheriff's Department Sgt. Jim Borte, who, at the time, was in charge of Traffic School.
I received the ticket for not wearing a seat belt. I learned very early on that neither the judge nor the patrolman cut any slack. Instead, what they did, was protect each other's back.
The patrolman's written paperwork on my case, did not happen the way he wrote it up and the judge believed only the patrolman's paperwork.
I sat in for all of their cases that day and not one of us ticketed by that officer had their ticket dismissed or reduced.
I hope your people & your paper will be successful for many years to come! Thank you…….Carol J. Jordan
Thank your for bringing an alternative to the PDN. I cancelled our subscription over the biased reporting. The way the paper treated Bjorn was our final straw. We will let others know so they too can have an alternative place for local news!!! Again thanks!!
Name: jane seiler
Thank you for covering this important event. A group of people wanting real change IS real news and it's still unbelievable the PDN wouldn't cover it or let them advertise. Your news perspective is important in this community
It's refreshing to see a publication that gives the other side of the story. There is way to much "good ole boy" attitude in this area. Time for a change!
when Trooper Beebe pulled me over I immediately told him I was diabetic and had taken my Metformin about 2 hours before and was trying to get to IGS for food for my low blood suger. He asked me if I had been smoking pot and I said no and asked him repeately to search my truck so I could prove my innocense and go get food but he denied my request saying he didnt have to.
While waiting for my truck to be towed before even given a sobriety test I repeately told him I was getting sicker and needed food and he told me I had to wait. Even after I begged him to let someone get me food all he would do was act cocky and snide and give me a big NOPE.
Trooper Beebe ignored my cries for help and lied his ass off in his report. When I told him I took my meds for my blood sugers 2 hours before he wrote down I said I smoked pot 2 hours before and that my suger low was drug tremors.
During my sobrieity test I showed him how I was disabled and unable to perform the test and he said I had to and marked me down on everything I told him I couldnt do.
I told him before the test I wanted everything recorded for proof at court of my innocence and he said ok and smiled at me but when asked later he smiled smugley and told me he didnt have to film anything.
I called the state patrol and filed a complaint against Beebe stating that he was too aggressive and tried way too hard to get a bust to the point of lying and taking advantage of people that he should be serving.
I told them also how he violated my civil rights but nobody cared I guess.
Shortly there after he ran Bjorn OFF THE ROAD TO HIS DEATH !!!!!! I feel so bad for Bjorn's family because after my run in with Beebe I was afraid of what would happen next but no one would listen to me .
Name: William Campbell