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Thu., April 8, 2010, 11:09 a.m.

Fireman Fights WSP Troopers, Jailed

Spokane Fire Department Lt. Todd Chism was arrested early Tuesday morning following a brawl with two Washington State Troopers during a traffic call in Stevens County. LT. Chism was arrested and booked into the Stevens County Jail on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and assault following the incident. State Patrol spokesman Bob Caulkins in Olympia says troopers were responding to a collision call in Stevens County around 3:15 AM Tuesday and found Chism's vehicle in a ditch. “As troopers tried to take him through the DUI process he physically resisted,” Caulkins said/Erik Loney, Jeff Humphrey and Rob Kauder, KXLY. More here.

  • Meghann Cuniff via Twitter: "The firefighter exonerated in a WSP child porn investigation in '08 is suspected of assaulting WSP troopers during a DUI arrest early Tues." Meghann's SR story.

Question: I've been in Coeur d'Alene 25 years and can't remember something like this happening. I can't imagine the local police and firefighters in the Coeur d'Alene area putting up with the weird stuff that Spokane cops and firemen seem to do regularly. Can you?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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