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A retired Spokane County sheriff's sergeant blamed for a crash that destroyed a new patrol car Sunday will receive a $175 ticket, officials said today.
Clifford Berry, 63, will be cited for failing to yield right of way after he turned in front of Deputy Chuck Sciortino's westbound patrol car about 7:15 p.m. on Sunday.
Berry was eastbound on Francis when he attempted to turn onto Freya. He had a green light, but the light called for him to yield to oncoming traffic before turning, said Sgt. Dave Reagan.
Sciortino and Reserve Deputy Kathleen Hurst were responding to a threat complaint at the time of the crash and did not have the car's emergency lights or sirens activated.
Computer information from the wrecked patrol car showed Sciortino was driving at or under the 45 mph speed limit eight seconds before the crash and was traveling at 25 to 28 mph at impact.
Sciortino and Hurst were treated for back and neck pain at a local hospital. Berry, who retired from the Sheriff's Office in 1997, was not injured. His ticket will be mailed to him, Reagan said.
The patrol car, which had been in service for about a month, will be replaced next fall when new police vehicle models are introduced. Ford no longer accepts orders for Crown Victorias.
The motorist involved in a crash that destroyed a new Spokane County sheriff's patrol car on Sunday is a retired sheriff's sergeant.
Clifford Berry, 63, retired from the Sheriff's Office in 1997, Sgt. Dave Reagan confirmed today.
Berry was eastbound on Francis Avenue in a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup pulling a trailer full of household goods when he turned left onto Freya Street and was struck by the westbound patrol car driven by Deputy Chuck Sciortino. (The crash is pictured above, courtesy KHQ-TV.)
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.
Reagan said Berry appeared to have violated a green light, which allows for left turns after oncoming traffic has cleared, but he hasn't been cited.
Reagan did not say how fast the patrol car was driving or it had its lights or siren activated.
Detectives are awaiting data from the patrol's car computer before making a charging decision, Reagan said.