July 14, 1996 in City

Oregon Man Arrested On Charges Of Stealing Van, Causing 7 Accidents

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Three injuries and seven wrecked cars later, police arrested an Oregon man late Friday for stealing a van and causing seven hit-and-run accidents.

Greg Michael Sanborn, 28, of Salem, was booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony hit-and-run, vehicular assault, second-degree assault and auto theft.

Police said he stole a large utility van, rammed it into the cars and plowed through four no-parking signs during a rampage through southwest Spokane.

Sanborn reportedly started the run about 10 p.m. by running into a car at Fourth and Maple and driving off. The car’s driver, who was not hurt, tried unsuccessfully to follow the van.

A few blocks later on Fourth, police said Sanborn slammed the van into a car at Sunset Blvd. Two people were in the car, and one required minor medical attention, said Dick Cottam, police spokesman.

Sanborn continued to Third and Post where he smashed into a car waiting at a stoplight to go east, police said. A woman was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Another car was hit by the van at Fourth and Walnut. The driver wasn’t hurt, but Sanborn again failed to stop, police said.

At Fourth and Maple, the van slammed into two cars, Cottam said. The three occupants of the cars told police Sanborn then backed up the van and hit them several more times before driving off.

The final accident was reported at Fourth and Maple. There police said Sanborn hit a vehicle carrying six people. None were injured.

City police and Washington State Patrol troopers stopped the van on Interstate 90, west of Spokane. Sanborn was arrested and taken to a hospital for a blood-alcohol test and then booked into jail.

, DataTimes

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