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In brief: Deputy arrested on suspicion of DUI

The lead firearms instructor for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving last weekend in Coeur d’Alene.

Deputy Daniel Knight, 42, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 and 0.188 during breath tests administered after his arrest early Sunday, according to a police report. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

Knight is on his scheduled days off but will remain on patrol pending the outcome of the criminal case, said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. The misdemeanor charge carries up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and driver’s license suspension for up to 150 days.

“We’re waiting for the criminal process to finish and then we’ll hand out the disciplinary action,” Knezovich said. “He cooperated fully and it’s just one of those things that I would never have really expected from a deputy of Dan’s quality.”

Coeur d’Alene police Officer Jared Reneau pulled Knight over after seeing him drive an estimated 40 mph in a 25 mph area.

Knight, who lives in Coeur d’Alene, pleaded not guilty on Monday.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Arts consolidation decision postponed

A decision on a plan to consolidate state art, history and culture programs into a single department and provide money for the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane was delayed Friday by a legislative committee.

Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, chairman of the House State Government Committee, said he didn’t have enough votes to be sure of passing changes to a proposal to create a Department of Historic Preservation, Arts and Culture that would include the MAC and the State History Museum in Tacoma.

Amendments were proposed that would have moved fewer state programs into the new department but still allowed it to tap funds currently set aside for a planned Heritage Center in Olympia.

Another committee meeting on the proposal is scheduled for Wednesday.

Jim Camden