July 19, 2010 in City

Detectives injured in crash recovering at home


From left, detectives Mark Burbridge, Jan Pogachar and Doug Orr were injured in a July 16 car accident in which their unmarked Spokane police vehicle was hit broadside when a driver ran a red light.
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The three Spokane police detectives injured in a car crash Friday have been identified as Mark Burbridge, Jan Pogachar and Doug Orr.

All three have been released from the hospital and are home recovering, police said today.

“While they remain in a lot of pain, they are healing and expected to make a full recovery,” Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said in a news release. Their injuries, which police said included broken bones, came after a driver ran a red light and broadsided their unmarked police car at Division Street and Sharp Avenue.

According to court records, Pogachar suffered a broken pelvis and will have limited mobility for several weeks. Orr suffered broken ribs, a broken collar bone, a fractured sternum and a punctured lung.

Burbridge, who was driving, suffered a severely strained back.

The motorist, 37-year-old Tonia S. Vansant, appeared Monday in Superior Court on three counts of vehicular assault. Police believe she had been drinking.

Burbridge is a detective in the city’s major crimes unit. Orr is a computer forensic specialist for the sexual assault team, and Pogachar investigates sexual assaults.

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