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Sirens & Gavels

Twice the speed; triple the alcohol

The driver of a van that slammed into pickup last week, killing a Mead woman, was drunk and speeding at the time of the crash, according to a search warrant.

Lucian G. Brisan, 29, faces a vehicular homicide charge for the Aug. 7 crash that killed Janice M. Pulliam, 57. 

Pulliam was helping a friend move when Brisan's Plymouth Voyager crossed the center line on Magnesium Road near Market Street and struck her pick up head on about 2:30 p.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff's office. She died the next day.

Investigators say Brisan was driving 70 to 75 mph with a blood alcohol level of .23. The legal limit for driving is .08. The speed limit on that stretch of road is 35 mph.

Brisan remains in critical condition at Deaconess Medical Center.

A search warrant filed Wednesday in Spokane County Superior Court was used to obtain Brisan's blood samples from Deaconess.

The hospital tested the sample, but police want to test the blood at the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory to ensure the results are admissible in court.

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