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Man on probation charged in fatal crash

Sun., Jan. 25, 2009

EPHRATA, Wash. – A Spokane man on probation in a drunken driving case has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Investigators say 39-year-old Douglas McGowan, of Spokane, had a blood alcohol level of more than 0.13 following a crash Tuesday night. That’s well over the threshold of 0.08 for drunken driving.

McGowan’s northbound pickup collided with a southbound car in the southbound lanes. The crash left a 1-year-old Soap Lake girl dead and her father, 35-year-old Leon C. Schooler, in a Spokane hospital.

McGowan was treated for minor injuries at Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata. State Patrol investigators say he told them he had three beers at a bar in Soap Lake.

Grant County prosecutors say McGowan was on probation from a drunken driving case in Spokane in 2006. Bail was set at $250,000.


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