March 16, 2010 in City

Drunken driver acquitted of homicide

By The Spokesman-Review

A Ferry County man who was drunk during a highway crash last fall was not responsible for the death of the other driver, a jury recently decided.

John H. Clifford was acquitted of vehicular homicide but convicted of drunken driving for an Oct. 2 crash on state Highway 21 north of Malo, Wash. The 9:20 p.m. crash killed Arthur M. Voges, 49, of Malo.

Investigators said Clifford’s 1993 Isuzu Rodeo crossed the centerline, but Clifford, who was 66 at the time of the crash, told jurors it was Voges who had crossed.

Clifford, also of Malo, will be sentenced for drunken driving on Friday.

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