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Region in brief: Alcohol suspected in crash on U.S. 95

A Coeur d’Alene driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence following a Saturday night collision involving four vehicles.

Todd C. Jasmin, 43, of Coeur d’Alene, was northbound in the southbound lane on U.S. Highway 95 when the accident occurred about 8 p.m. near Worley, according to the Idaho State Police.

Jason N. Dronen, 20, of Vancouver, Wash., was headed south and passing two other vehicles when his Pontiac collided head-on with Jasmin’s 2001 Nissan pickup.

Dronen’s vehicle then struck a GMC driven by Ginger R. Cutler, 48, of Coeur d’Alene. Debris from the accident struck a Mazda driven by Matthew S. Cronwall, 19, of Bothell, Wash.

Dronen was treated and released from Kootenai Medical Center. No other injuries were reported.

Warmer weather, but chance of rain

Another warming trend is under way across the Inland Northwest with highs expected to reach the 90s in Spokane.

But a cold low-pressure system could bring cloudy, cooler weather as well as a chance of precipitation for Labor Day weekend.

Highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s with sunshine are forecast for the region today. Temperatures should increase by a few degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday with mostly sunny skies.

Lows overnight will be in the 60s through Thursday morning, forecasters said.

There is a slight chance of showers entering the forecast Thursday along with a bit of a cool down.

The chance of showers will continue into Labor Day weekend, and temperatures should fall to the 70s, forecasters said. In addition, they are calling for mostly cloudy conditions this weekend.

Driver killed on Wellesley Avenue

A Newman Lake man was killed Sunday when he tried to pass two other vehicles at high speed on East Wellesley Avenue at Murray Road.

The man, who was not identified, was driving west on Wellesley at 10:50 a.m. when he attempted to pass a 1998 Ford Taurus driven by Amanda Hammond, of Post Falls, while Hammond was turning left onto Murray Road.

The passing driver in a Jeep collided with Hammond’s vehicle, causing the Jeep to slide off the road and roll at least twice. The driver was ejected. He was flown to a downtown hospital where he died.

Hammond suffered bumps and bruises.

The Jeep was going at least 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, and the driver was likely not wearing a seat belt, Spokane sheriff’s deputies said.


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