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Woman Charged In 6-Car Pileup

Sat., Jan. 7, 1995

The woman accused of causing Thursday’s six-car pileup on Interstate 90 has been charged with drunken driving in the past.

Washington State Patrol troopers say Tammy L. Stebbins was drinking Thursday before driving west in the eastbound lanes of I-90 near Four Lakes.

Stebbins’ pickup hit one vehicle, which hit another. Three more cars collided as authorities were clearing the first collision. In all, four people were injured.

Stebbins, 22, of Cheney, was booked into Spokane County Jail on charges of vehicular assault, failure to appear in court for a previous drunken driving charge and operating a vehicle without a license.

State Patrol Detective Bob Shilling said blood samples taken Thursday have not yet been analyzed.Details of the previous drunken driving charge were not available Friday night.

Stebbins remained in jail Friday, and refused to talk about the crash.

Paul Shook, a Cheney resident who was a passenger in Stebbins’ car, also refused to discuss it.

Among the injured was Ryan Murphy, 25, a Spokane County freeholder and son of Superior Court Judge James Murphy. A Deaconess Medical Center nursing supervisor said Murphy was in serious condition on Friday.

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