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A 21-year-old Spokane man was arrested for vehicular assault after crashing his truck head-on into a semi truck on Thursday and injuring his passenger.
Joseph A. Hussey's blood-alcohol level registered at .224 before he was jailed on a vehicular assault charge for the crash in the 3900 block of East Broadway Avenue, according to the Spokane Police Department.
The legal limit for driving is .08.
Police say he smelled of intoxicants and told them he was going home to the Valley from the Satellite bar downtown.
Hussey also slurred his speech and failed field sobriety tests, police say. 
He was booked into he Spokane County Jail on the felony charge. (Spokane Police Department)

Man blows .224 after head-on crash

The Spokane Police Department provided this photo of the crash on the SPD Facebook page. A 21-year-old Spokane man was arrested for vehicular assault after crashing his truck head-on into a semi truck on Thursday and injuring his passenger. Joseph A. Hussey's blood-alcohol level registered...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Man arrested w/ 5,000+ bombs in Valley 

A man was arrested with about 5,400 small explosive devices in his van during an undercover investigation at Hooters in Spokane Valley Thursday. Peter Ward Westhaver, 53, is in the Spokane County Jail on a no-bail federal hold. He met two men who turned out...

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Alleged mail thieves jailed without bail 

A federal prosecutor said she's "appalled" by the number of people who had their mail stolen in in a suspected regional theft ring and may seek aggravating circumstances against four suspects. "This is an ongoing, every day thing," Assistant U.S. Attorney Pam Byerly said. "This...

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Alleged robber is 4-foot-8, 85 pounds

A suspect has been arrested in a June 6 armed home-invasion robbery in northeast Spokane. Brettly E. Sanderson, who turned 16 last week, was charged as an adult with seven counts of first-degree robbery, but the charges were refiled in juvenile court when prosecutors realized...

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3 arrested after downtown beating

Three men were arrested after another man was beaten unconscious in downtown Spokane Wednesday night. Witnesses reported three men, one armed with a baseball bat, assaulting the man near West 2nd Avenue and South Jefferson Street about 8 p.m. One of the men kicked the...

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Intermodal shooter gets 82 years

A man convicted of trying to kill two Spokane police officers a decade ago was resentenced last week to 82 years in prison after his case was returned on appeal. Jason A. Graham, 31, will be given credit for the nine years he has already...

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Slingshot used to fire at speed camera

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland say a man has been charged with assault for using a slingshot to fire glass marbles at a speed camera van. Authorities say Bruce Lawrence May of Ellicott City was arrested Tuesday. The 50-year-old Lawrence was also...

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9.5 tons of garlic stolen in Austria 

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police did not need sniffing dogs to locate this suspected heist — 9.5 tons of garlic. The Austria Press Agency says police stopped three overloaded and sagging vans about to cross into Hungary from Austria on Wednesday and found them packed...

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Sex offender released on $250k bond 

A Spokane sex offender facing a potential life sentence for allegedly molesting a girl at the NorthTown Mall is out of jail. Richard Michael Payne, 55, posted $250,000 bond through a bonding company and was released from Spokane County Jail about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Payne...

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60+ felonies sought in burglary ring 

Spokane County sheriff's detectivs are recommending about 60 felony charges against four suspects in a burglary ring that victimized more than 20 people. Denis Buljubasic, 27; Bojan Derzic, 31; Susan Burke, 50; and Dwayne Gunderson, 28, are accused of a burglary spree that was discovered...

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Spokane police take Josh Berg into custody at 7th and Maple on June 19. Berg was allegedly a passenger in a car that was involved in short police pursuit. When the driver of the car crashed at 2nd and Walnut, the occupants fled the scene, but were arrested a short time later. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Other Josh, Brittnei had meth in SUV

Spokane police arrest Josh Berg at 7th and Maple on June 19. (SRphoto/Colin Mulvany) Two young people briefly mistaken for accomplices of cop shooter Charles Robert Wallace last week had methamphetamine and Hydrocodone in their car, police say. Brittnei J. Fawver, 21, and Joshua A....

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Car prowling surge reported in Spokane

Spokane police are combating a surge in vehicle prowling with a new public awareness campaign aimed at preventing it. The "Remove it or Lose it" campaign, which officially begins July 9, aims to help citizens remember to keep valuables out of plain sight in their...

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Uptick in crime downtown a concern

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is offering $10,000 from a City Council reserve fund for police overtime to help squash an uptick in crime downtown. “After meeting with the business owners about their employees’ cars being broken into and a chef getting attacked, how...

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Wanted: Woman w/ 254 police contacts

A 25-year-old Spokane woman who police say they've contacted 254 times is again wanted for violating her probation. Desarae M. Dawson, a former Crime Stoppers fugitive, was sentenced in February to 17 days in Spokane County Jail after pleading guilty to riot and escape from...

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Heaps of stolen mail found in Spokane 

About 1,000 pieces of mail stolen from hundreds of people in Eastern Washington and North Idaho were recovered in Spokane on Monday. Police had been investigating the thefts since a woman reported seeing a white car with two men and two women stealing from mailboxes...

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Jury clears deputy of excessive force

A North Idaho jury has cleared a Bonner County Sheriff’s deputy against allegations that he used excessive force during a DUI arrest following a crash with injuries on the road to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. The jury on Friday determined that Deputy Clint Mattingley did not...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

Rape suspect wanted after skipping plea 

UPDATE: Green is no longer wanted. He appeared in court and pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. The rape charge was dismissed. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of an accused rapist who missed his scheduled plea hearing. J....

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