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Fired officer’s settlement unleashes outcry, review

A controversial plan to rehire an alcoholic police officer fired after an off-duty drunken driving crash, and to give him back pay, has officials scrambling to explain the decision and …

Getting There: Overpass freeway project’s next step

The next phase in development of the North Spokane Corridor will begin later this year with construction of a new overpass for Francis Avenue in Hillyard. Money saved on construction …

Washington officials seek tougher terms for fatal DUIs

A Washington state lawmaker and two county prosecutors are backing proposed legislation to double sentencing ranges for people convicted of drunken driving fatalities.

Getting There: Deficient bridge puts Valley in a fix

The percentage of structurally deficient bridges in Spokane and Kootenai counties is below the national average, but one of those deficient bridges is causing headaches in Spokane Valley. The southbound …

Lawmaker’s behavior has medical cause, lawyer says

BOISE – The lawyer for an Idaho state senator accused of taking an SUV and trailer from a stranger’s home in Boise and driving the vehicle while drunk said Monday …

McGee ‘looking for promised land’ before arrest

BOISE, Idaho (AP)—The lawyer for an Idaho state senator accused of taking an SUV and trailer from a stranger’s home in Boise and driving the vehicle while drunk said Monday …

In brief: Former TV newswoman Wilde rescued from river

A former Spokane TV newswoman was rescued from her sport utility vehicle by Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team members after she drove into Latah Creek on Sunday afternoon. Debra …

Getting There: Transportation open houses this week

A yearlong effort to build a cohesive plan for transportation in the Spokane region is nearing completion, and the public is going to get another chance to comment. Two open …

A whole new meaning to law enforcement

Let me be first to say: “Welcome back to the SPD, Bradley Thoma!” Granted, I don’t know if the former Spokane police sergeant – who was fired in the wake …

Change in DUI law means fired cop can be rehired

A former Spokane police sergeant fired after a drunken hit-and-run crash has been offered a spot as a detective after a change in state law lifted his driving restrictions. City …

Batty arrested again for DUI

A retired Spokane firefighter with a history of impaired driving and a conviction for vehicular homicide was arrested again Thursday after a state trooper smelled alcohol on his breath. David …

Holiday DUI arrests higher, WSP reports

The Washington State Patrol reports just one highway fatality in the state over the Christmas weekend – a hit-and-run in Auburn – down from four in 2009.

Man fleeing police hits cars, hydrant

A man attempting to elude police crashed his SUV into two other vehicles, a light pole and a fire hydrant early Sunday morning at Sprague Avenue and Washington Street in …

Evidence lacking for DUI charges, official says

The deputy prosecutor who didn’t file a felony drunken driving charge against a man with a history of dangerous crashes said she’s not sure she has enough evidence to make …

Prosecutor unsure if felony DUI will stick against Crabtree

The deputy prosecutor who didn’t file a felony drunken driving charge against a man with a history of dangerous crashes said she’s not sure she has enough evidence to make …

MADD advocate supports victims

Crystal Bertolucci remembers parts of the Wednesday almost two years ago that turned her life upside down. On Dec. 3, 2008, Bertolucci, 33 at the time, her 1-year-old daughter Skylar, …

Man pleads guilty in woman’s death

A Spokane man pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing a Mead woman in a drunken head-on collision and received 2 1/2 years in prison.

Man lands in river, jail on 21st birthday

An Okanogan man marked his 21st birthday by fleeing police, plunging his car into the Palouse River and going to jail. Whitman County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Keith Cooper attempted to …

Getting There: Police plan extra patrols along U.S. 195

Drivers on U.S. Highway 195 from Interstate 90 to South Hatch Road ought to be extra careful over the next two years. Law enforcement officers last week said they plan …

Chism arrested on suspicion of DUI

Firefighter Todd Chism was arrested early today on a suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Chism was stopped about 2 a.m. after he allegedly drove the wrong way on Ash Street …

Man booked on DUI after 2 hurt in crash

A man allegedly driving drunk injured two others in a car crash in Spokane Valley around noon Wednesday.

CdA officer hurt after avoiding wrong-way driver

A Coeur d’Alene Police officer scraped his arm Sunday after he swerved to miss an alleged drunk driver on Interstate 90 and crashed into a concrete barrier.

Wild ride leads to two accidents, one arrest

A 22-year-old Worley, Idaho, man with a history of driving under the influence is in the Spokane County Jail today after a wild ride that involved at least two accidents …

I-90 crash results in only minor injuries

A Spokane Valley man suffered only minor injuries Saturday when his pickup crossed the median of Interstate 90 just east of Liberty Lake and struck a semi-truck head-on, according to …

Dorn drives after DUI thanks to breath-test device

State schools Superintendent Randy Dorn received an automatic 90-day driver’s license suspension when he pleaded guilty last month to drunken driving. But that doesn’t mean he can’t drive.

Police: Driver hits pedestrian, parked car, motel

A 36-year-old woman was arrested for driving under the influence Thursday night after she struck a man standing along a parking lot at a North Side motel.

Man gets prison for waving gun at teens

A man facing a lengthy prison term instead pleaded guilty Monday to a list of lesser charges that resulted from him waving a gun at a group of mostly teenagers.

Driver hits the Davenport Hotel

Spokane Police say a woman who sideswiped several cars and plowed into the Davenport Hotel late Saturday was likely drunk.

Washington schools chief serving DUI day

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has been booked into the Buckley Jail in Pierce County to serve his one-day sentence for drunken driving.

Editorial: Dorn could have set even better example

The head of Washington state’s public school system is logging a day in detention this week. That’s one way to look at the 24 hours in jail imposed on Randy …