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Oregon cop says Spokane driver hit him

A Spokane man was arrested Sunday after his 2004 Ford Mustang struck an Oregon State Police trooper and knocked the trooper to the ground, officials said.

 Jacob John Melton, 31, (pictured) was pulled over for traveling 85 mph in a 65 mph speed zone on Interstate 84 west of The Dalles, according to the Wasco County Sheriff's Office.

OSP Trooper Mark Jubitz was talking to Melton after issuing him a traffic citation when Melton accelerated to leave, according to police reports. His Mustang fishtailed on the gravel shoulder and knocked Jubitz to the ground.

The incident occurred at about 1:17 p.m. Melton stopped and remained at the scene as Jubitz radioed for help.

Jubitz was treated for minor injuries at an area hospital and released.

Melton was arrested for reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and attempted assault on a public safety officer. He was booked into a correctional facility in The Dalles.

Suit filed over crash that killed CdA grad

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The parents of a College of Southern Idaho baseball player and Coeur d'Alene High School graduate killed in a fatal crash last September have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against others involved in the accident.

 Devon Austin (pictured) was a passenger in a car that crashed while allegedly being chased by another vehicle after a party.

The 19-year-old Austin and the driver of the car, 18-year-old Ryan Reinhardt, were killed.

The driver of the second vehicle, Kade Laughlin, has been charged with reckless driving.

The Times-News reports that Tim and Paula Austin, along with Jessica Duran, the crash's lone survivor, filed their lawsuit June 3. They name Laughlin, Reinhardt and three others as defendants. They claim the defendants were involved in the car chase while under the influence of alcohol.

They are asking for $50,000 in damages.

Reckless driver insults cop, gets away

A reckless driver who cut off a Washington State Patrol detective in the Hillyard area offered this assessment of the man, according to police: “You're a pussy.”

Detective M.C. Bambino said Justin Tyler Whitney, 30, yelled that at him from his 1981 Volkswagen pickup truck before ramming Bambino's unmarked squad car and fleeing the area.

The suspect was arrested Monday - nearly one month after the May 9 incident.

Trooper Troy Briggs, spokesman for WSP, said detectives encountered several dead ends when trying to locate Whitney, delaying his arrest.

Bambino was southbound on North Market Street approaching East Garland Avenue when he noticed a speeding green pickup driving erratically.

The driver insulted him before swerving toward his vehicle, then refusing to pull over, according to an affidavit. The truck stopped in near East Carlisle Avenue, then reversed and rammed a Toyota car that had stopped nearby. The truck then rammed part of Bambino's vehicle and was last seen driving northbound on Greene Street.

Bambino obtained the pickup's license plate, which showed the vehicle was registered to Whitney.
Bambino said Whitney had a “crazed look on his face” during the melee and believes he was on drugs.

Whitney appeared in Superior Court Tuesday on charges of reckless driving, two counts of hit and run and two counts of first-degree assault
  

Charge filed in crash that killed CdA men

(AP) A 20-year-old man is charged with reckless driving for his alleged role in a crash near Twin Falls that killed two Coeur d'Alene High School graduates last September.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports Twin Falls County prosecutors filed the charge against Kade D. Laughlin, of Filer, on May 5. His preliminary hearing is set for June 21.

The crash killed College of Southerin Idaho students 18-year-old Ryan Reinhardt and 19-year-old Devon Austin of Coeur d'Alene. Austin was a baseball player at CSI and had been drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

Laughlin was charged after a third person in Reinhardt's vehicle — 19-year-old Jessica Duran — reported Laughlin had been chasing their vehicle after they left a party.

Laughlin has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence that night. His attorney could not be reached for comment.
  

Dozing driver arrested after near collision

A dozing driver nearly crashed into an off-duty Spokane police officer Tuesday evening, the Spokane Valley Police Department said today.

Clarence R. Keesler, 49, of Coeur d'Alene, was arrested for misdemeanor reckless driving and making false statements after allegedly telling Spokane Valley police he was asleep in the passenger side of his Ford Bronco when it drove over a sidewalk and crashed into a chain link fence.

Off-duty Spokane police Officer Nathan Donaldson was westbound on Broadway Avenue about 5:40 p.m. when he swerved to avoid the eastbound Bronco when it crossed the center line, police said.

Keesler said a vehicle “had cut him off and forced him to drive into the yard,” according to a news release. A jail deputy found a small baggie of meth on Keesler during booking, leading to a felony charge.
  

Police use-of-force case leaves questions

A Spokane man's arrest last July on suspicion of reckless driving, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license has led to a disagreement between the Spokane Police Department and police Ombudsman Tim Burns, who has refused to certify the department’s internal investigation into a witness’s complaint of excessive force used against the suspect.

Burns questions an administrative review panel’s recommendation to exonerate the two accused officers. But police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, who acted on the recommendation, said Burns doesn’t have the legal authority to make such a claim because his oversight is limited to internal investigations, not the later administrative review panels made up of police leaders.

“I don’t look at it as a substantive issue. To me, it’s just a legal question,” Kirkpatrick said. “What is Tim Burns’ authority and is the (panel) part of the investigation?”

Burns, who started work as the city’s first police ombudsman in August 2009, disagrees.

“My position is, If not me, then who?” he said.

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