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WSP trooper rolls patrol car on I-90

Fri., May 15, 2009, 7:44 a.m.

A Washington State Patrol trooper rolled his patrol car Thursday night on Interstate 90 after swerving to a miss a camping tent that had fallen from a truck, according to WSP.

Trooper Dustin C. Stephan, 24, was treated and released at the East Adams Rural Hospital in Ritzville after his 2005 Ford Crown Victoria cruiser hit an embankment on the right side of the westbound freeway at milepost 222 and rolled over at 10:08 p.m.

He’d swerved to miss a tent that had fallen off a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Joseph C. Hardin, 25, of Spokane Valley, state troopers said.

Hardin, who was not injured, was cited for failure to secure load. Stephan was wearing a seat belt, according to a news release.

Stephan’s patrol car was totaled, WSP said.

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