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Driver: ‘I am drunk. I don’t need the test’

A Spokane man arrested in a drunken car that injured two teen girls told police they didn’t need to bother giving him a sobriety test.

“I drink every day,” said Mark E. Red Bear, Jr., according to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Spokane police. “This would be a waste of time. I am drunk. I don’t need the test.”

Red Bear, 25, reportedly admitted to consuming two alcoholic drinks and smoking three marijuana joints before striking two girls walking near Walnut Avenue and 10th Street with his 1995 Ford truck.

Red Bear posted $2,500 bond and was to be arraigned today on vehicle assault charges for the July 24 crash, which occured about 10:40 p.m., but the hearing was postponed.

Witnesses said Red Bear appeared to be driving 35 to 45 mph in the 30 mph zone.

One girl fractured a rib, broke several teeth and suffered a concussion, then suffered a seizure after leaving a hospital two days later, according to the affidavit. Another girl sprained an arm, a hip, broke several teeth and also suffered a concussion.

Both are undergoing physical therapy.


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