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Sirens & Gavels DUI archive

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FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

219 DUI arrests over holiday season 

A holiday season crackdown on drunken driving led to 219 arrests across Spokane, Pend Oreille and Ferry counties. That’s up from 197 arrests during the same period a year earlier, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The increase is attributed to the first-ever “Drive...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 2012

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2012

Ryan Crocker, the outgoing U. S. ambassador in Afghanistan, talks to the Associated Press on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Crocker's DUI hearing postponed 

The court hearing was postponed Wednesday for Ryan Crocker, former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, who was charged last month with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Crocker did not appear before Spokane County District Judge Sara Derr. But his attorney, Julie Twyford,...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012

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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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

Chronic DUI suspect Crabtree sentenced 

A chronic drunken driving suspect who badly injured a sheriff's deputy in a crash about 10 years ago has been sentenced to two years in prison on drug charges. James Lee Crabtree, 51, is in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to prison after being...

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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012

Feds: Pilot lands in Spokane while drunk

A commercial pilot was drunk when he landed a plane at the Spokane International Airport in April, federal prosecutors allege. Paul Robbin Roessler, of Federal Way, is to appear in U.S. District Court in Spokane June 29 for a charge operating a common carrier under...

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

Man arrested for DUI, drugs after crash

A man described by sheriff's deputies as "extremely intoxicated" crashed his Jeep Cherokee into trees near Handy and Hatch roads in Colbert early Saturday. Warren Anderson, 22, said he couldn't remember how much he had to drink but "it was a lot," the Spokane County...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

Chronic drunken driver gets 17 months

A retired Spokane firefighter with a history of impaired driving and a conviction for vehicular homicide has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for drunken driving. A jury convicted David W. Batty, 56, of drunken driving after a short trial in Spokane County Superior...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011

Alcoholic in fatal crash pleads not guilty

A Whitworth University student and convicted felon pleaded not guilty Wednesday to vehicular homicide in connection with a crash in East Spokane on Aug. 9 that killed the passenger. Michael S. Lindsly, 46, appeared before Superior Court Judge Michael Price and was given a trial...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 16, 2011

Fatal DUI crash suspect was in recovery

A Spokane man accused of causing a drunken crash that killed his passenger is a leader in the addiction recovery community and is studying to get his master's degree at Whitworth University, his girlfriend said today. Michael Shane Lindsly, 46, appeared in Superior Court today...

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SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011

12-hour car impound for DUI arrests 

(AP) OLYMPIA -- As of Friday, Washington motorists arrested for DUI will also have their vehicle impounded. The new state law requires a 12-hour hold be placed on cars driven by suspected drunk drivers. One of the major reasons behind the law is that many...

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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011

Driver who hit trooper wanted for DUI 

A Spokane man who injured a state trooper in a crash on Interstate 90 three years ago is wanted on a felony drunken driving charge. William David Zink, 32, was charged last month, nearly one year after a sheriff's deputy pulled him over for speeding...

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

DUI suspect stops for food before arrest

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a woman insisted on picking up some fast food before she allowed an officer to charge her with drunken driving. The Plain Dealer newspaper of Cleveland reports police in suburban North Royalton got a call about...

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

Chronic drunken driver arrested for DUI

A chronic drunken driver convicted of vehicular homicide in 1990 was arrested early Thursday on suspension of drunken driving. Lance Dean Falcon, 44, of Plummer, Idaho, had a blood-alcohol level of .167 and .162 in two breathe samples submitted at the Spokane Public Safety Building...

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MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011

Spokane cemetery gunfire leads to arrest

A man upset because he couldn't locate a family member's grave fired a gun in a Spokane cemetery Sunday, leading to his arrest, police said today. Jeffrey B. Holcomb, 32, was arrested after police respond to a report of shots fired at Fairmont Memorial Gardens,...

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

Sheriff's deputy sentenced for DUI 

The city’s job offer to Brad Thoma came the same day a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced in Spokane County District Court for drunken driving for an April incident. Darin M. Schaum (pictured with his lawyer in April) pleaded guilty to driving under the...

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Police to rehire Thoma after DUI change

A former Spokane police sergeant fired after a drunken hit-and-run crash has been offered a spot as a detective after a change in state law lifted his driving restrictions. City officials notified Bradley N. Thoma on Friday that he can return at the demoted level...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2011

Chronic DUI suspect Batty arrested again

A retired Spokane firefighter with a history of impaired driving and a conviction for vehicular homicide was arrested again Thursday after a state trooper smelled alcohol on his breath. David W. Batty, 55, of Elk, had a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010

Stop for help leads to DUI, pot arrest

A Deer Park man was arrested early today after a deputy who stopped to help him with his broken down truck found $1,200 and nearly two ounces of marijuana in the vehicle. Trevor L. Weger, 30, was with his Toyota pickup at Highway 395 and...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2010

.354 DUI suspect: 'Not enough' booze

A suspected drunken driver whose blood-alcohol content registered at .354 told police he hadn't had enough to drink.Donald J. Lafavor, 66, was driving southbound in a northbound lane on Argonne Road just north of Trent Avenue when a Washington State Patrol trooper spotted him about...

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