Sirens & Gavels

New sheriff's patrol car totaled in crash

A sheriff's patrol car in service for about a month was destroyed in a crash Sunday in east Spokane.

Deputy Chuck Sciortino and Reserve Deputy Kathleen Hurst were treated for back and neck pain at a local hospital then driven home after the crash, which occurred about 7:15 p.m. as they were westbound on Francis Avenue approaching Freya Street.

Clifford Berry, 63 was eastbound on Francis in a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup pulling a trailer full of household goods when he turned left and was struck by the patrol car, which was responding to a report of threats.

Sgt. Dave Reagan said Berry appeared to have violated a green light, which allows for left turns after oncoming traffic has cleared, but he wasn't cited.

Reagan did not say how fast the patrol car was driving or if it had its lights or siren activated. The car hit the pickup with its left front, then slid and hit it again with its left rear.

Detectives are awaiting data from the patrol's car computer before making a charging decision, Reagan said.

The 2010 Crown Victoria had been in service about a month. Damage was estimated at $21,000; officials consider it a total loss.




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