Sirens & Gavels

Arrestee’s choice of driver a bad one

Deputies say a Spokane woman caught driving with a suspended license picked the wrong friend to pick up the car: another woman with a suspended license.

Dawn R. Kortness, 37, was stopped Monday in Rockford for driving a 1997 Ford with an alleged defective license plate light and illegally tinted windows.

She was arrested for the suspended license and for a felony drug warrant, then asked if her passenger, Regeena M. Vaughn, 42, could drive the Ford, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

But Deputy Chuck Sciortino said Vaughn appeared to be under the influence of drugs and called for a tow truck after learning her driver's license was suspended. He found an empty baggie with traces of methamphetamine as well as 16 tablets of Oxycodone and Buspirone scattered on the Ford's floorboard.

Vaughn did not have a prescription for the drugs and was arrested. Both women have previous convictions for driving with a suspended license and are due in Superior Court this afternoon.




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