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Detective rear-ended by wanted man

A man who rear-ended a Spokane police detective in downtown Spokane Tuesday afternoon was arrested after police discovered he was wanted on two warrants.

The detective, who is not being identified, was stopped in traffic heading west on Second Avenue at Jefferson Street when he was hit from behind just before 12:30 p.m. “He was definitely not at fault,” said police spokeswoman Monique Cotton. “Even though he was injured, he got out and assisted at the scene.”

The driver who hit him has been identified as Roman I. Ryakhovskaya, 24. He was wanted on warrants for driving under the influence and domestic violence assault. He has been cited for driving with a suspended license and may also be cited for following too close, Cotton said.

The detective was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries, Cotton said. The detective has been with the department for many years and has previously been involved in two car crashes while on duty. In both cases he was hit by a drunk driver and was not at fault, Cotton said.