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Ryan Crocker has gig at U of Virginia

Some sort of visiting distinguished professorship.

One monumental screw-up doesn't mean your life is over. But anyone could see how it might make you want to put a little distance between yourself and Spokane.

http://millercenter.org/academic/gage/panel/detail/6062

Crocker’s DUI hearing postponed

The court hearing was postponed Wednesday for Ryan Crocker, former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, who was charged last month with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Crocker did not appear before Spokane County District Judge Sara Derr. But his attorney, Julie Twyford, did appear. She said the judge agreed to move the hearing to Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Crocker, 63, was charged Aug. 14 following a crash with a semi-truck at a busy Spokane Valley intersection. He reportedly drove away from the crash and was followed by a witness who alerted Washington State Patrol troopers.

The Spokane Valley native retired from the U.S. State Department in July, citing health reasons and left the Afghanistan capital of Kabul at a period of transition as the United States prepares to withdraw most of its troops from the country by the end of 2014. He also oversaw the reconstruction of war-torn Iraq.

Read previous coverage of the crash that resulted in his DUI charges here.

KXLY reports: Ambassador Ryan Crocker arrested

SPOKANE, Wash. - Ambassador Ryan Crocker, one of the most decorated State Department diplomats in the last half century, was arrested on August 14 by the Washington State Patrol for hit-and-run, DUI in Spokane Valley.

A Spokane native who lives in Spokane, Crocker, 63, was arrested at the intersection of Sprague Ave. and Pines Road at 2:05 p.m. on August 14 by a WSP trooper after Crocker reportedly hit a car while driving a 2009 Ford Mustang convertible. The driver of the other car was uninjured. More here.

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