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Woman cited for hit and run in Valley

A Spokane Valley woman told police she was distracted by her 5-year-old son when she hit a pedestrian Saturday, then fled “because she was confused and scared,” police said today.

The man who was hit was sore but not injured, police said.

Wendy E. Berg, 32, was arrested after police located her truck at 11900 E. Broadway Ave. A witness said he was stopped at Pines Road and Broadway Avenue when he saw the the truck hit the pedestrian, then drive away on Pines.

Berg told police “she slammed on the brakes, but panicked when she knocked the man down,” according to a news release. “She said she drove home in a circuitous route because she was confused and scared”

Berg was cited and released.

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 immediately after he obtained an unrestricted driver’s license this week, said Marlene Feist, city spokeswoman.

Thoma left the Spokane Police Department in December 2009 after Chief Anne Kirkpatrick said he wouldn’t be able to work as long as he was required to drive with an ignition interlock device.

But the state Legislature adjusted the law effective Jan. 1, and Thoma no longer has to drive with the device.

Thoma, a 20-year police veteran, has not yet accepted the position, which pays between $74,000 and $82,000 annually. He made about $91,000 as a sergeant.

Read my full story here.

Past coverage:

Dec. 23, 2009: Thoma files $4 million claim against city

Nov. 14, 2009: Police sergeant avoids prosecution

Hit-and-run suspect released from jail

 

A Spokane Valley driver is accused of hitting a teenage pedestrian then leaving the scene with his 10-year-old son in the truck is out of jail.
 
Steven A. Black, 42, was released from jail on his own recognizance Monday after appearing before Superior Court Judge Michael Price on a hit-and-run charge.
 
Black is a lifelong Spokane County resident who has worked for a parking lot maintenance, street cleaning and snowplow company for 18 years, his lawyer said. His jail release conditions prohibit him from consuming alcohol or driving unless for work.
 
Police say he was driving a 1996 Dodge pickup when he struck Cody Washburn, 18, about 3:15 a.m. Saturday on Fourth Avenue between Adams and Progress roads in Spokane Valley.
 
Investigators used a license plate left at the scene to track Black to his home at 10807 E. Trent Ave. about 25 minutes after the crash, where they said he showed signs of being intoxicated.
 
A blood sample was sent to the state toxicology lab and is expected back in about a month, which could lead to additional charges, police said.
 
Black’s son told police he saw someone walking down the road get hit by his father’s truck, but his father “told him it was a bump,” according to court documents.
 
Washburn told police he was walking in the middle of the road listening to his iPod but that he didn’t remember the crash.

Left-behind license plate leads to arrest

A Spokane Valley driver is accused of hitting a teenage pedestrian then leaving the scene with his 10-year-old son in the truck.

Steven A. Black, 42, left behind the license plate to his 1996 Dodge pickup after he struck Cody Washburn, 18, about 3:15 a.m. Saturday on Fourth Avenue between Adams and Progress roads, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Investigators used it to track Black to his home in the 10800 block of East Trent Avenue about 25 minutes after the crash, where they said he showed signs of being intoxicated. A blood sample was sent to the state toxicological lab and is expected back in about a month, police said.

Washburn fractured his back and suffered internal bleeding. He is in satisfactory condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Victim’s ex gets 9 mos. for hit-and-run

A man who left his former girlfriend for dead along the Pullman-Albion Road last November has been sentenced to nine months in jail after entering an Alford plea earlier this month.

Richard Pasma, apologized to the family of Kristen Grindley before being sentenced, turning to face them and saying, “I know you don’t think I’m sorry, but I am really sorry.”

His mother testified that Pasma and his family have prayed daily for Kristen’s health since she was found on the road on Nov. 11, 2009.  She suffered multiple skull fractures, broken bones, bruises and cuts. She left a rehabilitation center in Spokane after months of therapy.

Read more on KHQ.com.

Xanax, not alcohol, a factor in pole crash

A woman who police say sheared a power pole with her car Thursday, leading to the injury of a pursing motorcycle officer, was not drunk but may have been under the influence of prescription medication, according to court documents filed Friday.

No alcohol was detected on Susan L. Troyer after a breath test, but she admitted to taking the anti-anxiety drug Xanax that morning and said she’d left work early because she wasn’t feeling well, according to an affidavit prepared by Spokane police.

 “She said that she thought it was the Xanax that was making her feel strange,” according to the affidavit. “She said she doesn’t normally take it in the morning, she usually take it at night.” 

Troyer was released from jail on her own recognizance Friday after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court on a charges of vehicular assault and felony hit and run.

She was arrested Thursday morning after her 1997 Honda Accord crashed into a power pole, and a downed power line that got stuck to the car’s bumper flung backward and wrapped around Officer Tyler Cordis’ neck, police said. 

Cordis (right) was pursuing Troyer after he saw her driving recklessly on Northwest Boulevard near G Street. Troyer struck the pole then stopped a couple blocks away, where witnesses said she tried to flee before police arrived.

Troyer, who has no criminal record, told police her brakes “went out,” according to an affidavit.

Troyer is the wife of Spokane International Airport Police Chief Peter L. Troyer, who filed for divorce last month.

She works as an administrative assistant to the vice president for nursing at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, her public defender said Friday.

Cops: Woman ran over husband with SUV

A Rathdrum woman is accused of running over her husband in an SUV. 

Joyce Wilhite, 45, remains in Kootenai County Jail on a hit-and-run charge. Her husband, Timothy Wilhite, 51, is in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Police say Joyce Wilhite dragged her husband more than 100 feet in a gold Chevrolet SUV about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday ater an argument.

“From what she reports he jumped on the hood of the car and she still drover down the street,” said Rathdrum Police Chief Kevin Fuhr. “She thought he had rolled off the side of the car when in fact he had rolled under the car.”

Police found Timothy Wilhite lying in the road with “severe injuries to his head and body,” police said. His wife returned home without calling police, Fuhr said.

Joyce Wilhite was arraigned Friday on a charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident.

‘Caffeine psychosis’ defendant to stand trial

(AP) A Moscow man whose lawyer blamed caffeine-induced psychosis for alleged hit-and-run crashes at Washington State University in December has been released from a hospital and will face trial.

Dan Noble, 31, (left) has been declared fit to stand trial by doctors at Eastern State Hospital, said Whitman County Prosecutor Denis Tracy.

He is charged with two felony counts of vehicular assault, two felony counts of hit and run and misdemeanor resisting arrest after being arrested in December.

Drivers on the highway between Moscow and Pullman reported Noble’s car driving erratically in the westbound lanes Monday morning, according to previously published reports.

Noble then turned onto Stadium Way, the main street through the WSU campus, where he allegedly struck students Hogun Hahm, 23, of Pullman, and Neil Waldbjorn, 19, of Malaga, Wash., in crosswalks about a block apart, according to the Associated Press. Both pedestrians suffered a broken leg and other injuries.

Noble then reportedly stopped and exited the vehicle at the intersection of Stadium Way and Grimes Way, about 175 yards from the second victim.

When WSU police approached him, Noble became “argumentative, incoherent, and resistive,” documents said. Officers used a Taser to subdue him.

Noble’s arraignment is set for April 9, court records show.

Noble’s attorney, Mark Moorer, has previously said his client was suffering from caffeine-induced psychosis brought on by too much coffee and energy drinks.

Past coverage: Lawyer: Blame it on the caffeine

Police: Hit-and-run driver targeted victim

A pedestrian struck on by a car on the lower South Hill this week was targeted, Spokane police said Thursday.

The 32-year-old pedestrian, whose identity has not been released by police, was struck at 12:22 p.m. on Monday at South Oak Street and West 10th Avenue.

Detectives have contacted a person of interest, but no arrests have been made.

The suspect vehicle - originally described as a light brown or blue sedan with a loud muffler -  has been seized for evidence, police said.

The victim remains at Sacred Heart Medical Center in critical but stable condition

Hit-and-run seriously injures pedestrian

A hit-and-run driver seriously injured a Spokane pedestrian today on the lower South Hill.

Police are looking for any information on the incident, which occurred at 12:22 p.m. at South Oak Street and West 10th Avenue.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, according to the Spokane Police Department.

The suspect vehicle is described as a light brown or blue sedan with a loud muffler.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233, or call Cpl. Dave Adams at (509) 835-4567.

Sergeant in drunken hit and run fired

A police sergeant involved in a drunken hit and run crash in September has been fired.

Bradley N. Thoma, 44, is no longer with the Spokane Police Department as of Monday, police said today.

Thoma, a 20-year police veteran, will avoid criminal prosecution for the Sept. 17 crash if he stays out of trouble for five years under an agreement approved in District Court in November.

But the agreement requires him to use a breathalyser device to start his car, and Chief Anne Kirkpatrick said that prohibits him “from completing the duties of a police officer.”

” A valid driver’s license without restrictions is essential for the job,” Kirkpatrick said in a prepared statement.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:: Police sergeant avoids prosecution

Driver in crash has prior DUI arrests

A driver accused of a hit-and-run crash in downtown Spokane was cited for drunken driving two months before police say he struck a woman after drinking at several bars Friday night.

Cameron B. Olsness, 24, had “at least five shots of Tequila and multiple mixed drinks” before he struck a woman at Browne Street and Spokane Falls Boulevard, according to court documents filed Monday.

Detectives say Olsness’ girlfriend told them this after Olsness was arrested following a foot chase. He remains in Spokane County Jail on $50,000 bail after appearing in Superior Court on felony hit-and-run and vehicular assault charges Monday.

The 10:30 p.m. crash, one of three car-versus-pedestrian accidents in Spokane last weekend, left the victim, identified in court documents as 50-year-old Elain Price-Cornell, face down on Spokane Falls Boulevard, bleeding heavily from the mouth and nose, police said.

A Spokane County Sheriff’s helicopter helped catch Olsness after he ditched his car in downtown Spokane and ran, police said. Price-Cornell is in critical condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Medics told police they didn’t expect her to survive.

Police are looking for another car that may have hit Price-Cornell as she lay in the roadway.

Read the rest of my story here.

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