November 12, 2013 in City

Prosecutors: Man admitted to drinking before car accident that injured son

From staff reports
 

A Spokane Valley man charged with vehicular assault admitted to drinking two Bloody Marys and five beers before getting into a car accident that left his 8-year-old son with serious injuries, court documents say.

Curtis Cooley, 47, struck an oncoming car Saturday eastbound on state Route 904 while he attempted to pass a bus in a no-passing zone, according to the documents. His 8-year-old son was in the back seat and was rushed into surgery to repair a tear in his intestines.

Cooley told Washington State Patrol that he’d been drinking at a tailgate before Eastern Washington University’s football game against Montana State, according to a news release. He also told troopers he felt the alcohol affected his driving.

The driver of the other car, Raquel Caballero, a 21-year-old from Cheney, was also injured and treated at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane.

Cooley and his son were taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.


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