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Sirens & Gavels drunken driving archive

FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

219 DUI arrests over holiday season 

A holiday season crackdown on drunken driving led to 219 arrests across Spokane, Pend Oreille and Ferry counties. That’s up from 197 arrests during the same period a year earlier, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The increase is attributed to the first-ever “Drive...

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MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2012

Switch to back seat saves man's life 

A man's decision to move to the back seat of a car as he drunkenly argued with his brother may have saved his life early Sunday, police said today. Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Jeff Thurman doesn't believe the man would have survived the crash into...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2012

Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller rewards crash victim Danika Packard for wearing her bike helmet with a free ice cream coupon from McDonald's. (Safe Kids Spokane)

Hospital staff: Crash suspect faked it

Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller rewards crash victim Danika Packard with a free ice cream coupon for wearing her bicycle helmet. (SPD photo) A former Gonzaga Law School student pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a hit-and-run crash that police say could have killed a 2-year-old...

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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

Woman sentenced for fatal hit and run 

A 21-year-old woman who drove away after fatally striking a Spokane pedestrian earlier this year has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. Hannah K. Hahn is to serve 31 months behind bars with credit for 180 days already served. She pleaded guilty Friday...

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SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012

More witnesses sought in hit and run

Investigators are looking to speak with people who were at a party attended by a man accused of a drunken hit and run crash that injured a 2-year-old girl in Spokane Valley last week. Timmy Nguyen, 22, was at a party at the clubhouse at...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

Helmet-wearing girl rewarded w/ treat

Spokane police rewarded a 2-year-old girl hit by a suspected drunken driver Monday with free ice cream for wearing her bicycle helmet. Police said Tuesday that three new helmets already have been given to Danika Parker to replace the one destroyed Saturday evening after a...

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

Law student arrested for hit and run

As a Gonzaga University law student accused of running over a bicycle trailer carrying a 2-year-old girl made his first appearance in court Monday, the victim remained in intensive care at a Spokane hospital. Timmy Nguyen, who has no criminal record, is to leave jail...

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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

Man pleads guilty in deadly '10 crash

A college student has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide for a 2010 crash that killed a Lewis and Clark High graduate and Eastern Washington University student. Taylor D. Marean is to be sentenced Sept. 20 by Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque. He pleaded guilty before...

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

La. cop fired for stealing suspect's phone

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 27-year-old police officer in Louisiana has resigned after authorities say he stole an iPhone from the scene of a drunken-driving crash. Cpl. Tommy Stubbs, a police spokesman in Baton Rouge, says the phone wasn't in the car when the...

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TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012

Car stolen at knifepoint during cleaning

A woman was carjacked as she vacuumed her Chevy Camaro at a car wash near Browne's Addition Saturday night, Spokane police say. Larry D. Vermillion, 43, is accused of stealing the woman's car at knifepoint from the Brown Bear car wash, 1821 W. Sunset Ave.,...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012

A 21-year-old Spokane man was arrested for vehicular assault after crashing his truck head-on into a semi truck on Thursday and injuring his passenger.
Joseph A. Hussey's blood-alcohol level registered at .224 before he was jailed on a vehicular assault charge for the crash in the 3900 block of East Broadway Avenue, according to the Spokane Police Department.
The legal limit for driving is .08.
Police say he smelled of intoxicants and told them he was going home to the Valley from the Satellite bar downtown.
Hussey also slurred his speech and failed field sobriety tests, police say. 
He was booked into he Spokane County Jail on the felony charge. (Spokane Police Department)

Man blows .224 after head-on crash

The Spokane Police Department provided this photo of the crash on the SPD Facebook page. A 21-year-old Spokane man was arrested for vehicular assault after crashing his truck head-on into a semi truck on Thursday and injuring his passenger. Joseph A. Hussey's blood-alcohol level registered...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

Chronic DUI suspect Crabtree sentenced 

A chronic drunken driving suspect who badly injured a sheriff's deputy in a crash about 10 years ago has been sentenced to two years in prison on drug charges. James Lee Crabtree, 51, is in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to prison after being...

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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012

Feds: Pilot lands in Spokane while drunk

A commercial pilot was drunk when he landed a plane at the Spokane International Airport in April, federal prosecutors allege. Paul Robbin Roessler, of Federal Way, is to appear in U.S. District Court in Spokane June 29 for a charge operating a common carrier under...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

New to Spokane, man robbed during jog

A man who arrived in Spokane about a week ago from Ethiopia was robbed while jogging on the South Hill early Sunday, police say. The 38-year-old victim does not speak English but said he recognized the word "money" when a man approached him about 5:20...

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

Man arrested for DUI, drugs after crash

A man described by sheriff's deputies as "extremely intoxicated" crashed his Jeep Cherokee into trees near Handy and Hatch roads in Colbert early Saturday. Warren Anderson, 22, said he couldn't remember how much he had to drink but "it was a lot," the Spokane County...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

Chronic drunken driver gets 17 months

A retired Spokane firefighter with a history of impaired driving and a conviction for vehicular homicide has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for drunken driving. A jury convicted David W. Batty, 56, of drunken driving after a short trial in Spokane County Superior...

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

Boy arrested for DUI after police chase

A 17-year-old boy in a stolen van was arrested for drunken driving after running into a fast food restaurant, then disabling his front tires by running over a curb. The boy also faces charges of attempting to elude police, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

Drunken crash into house leads to arrest

A woman suspected of drunkenly crashing her car into a house will remain jailed on $7,500 bond, despite her lawyer's claim that she is not a danger to the community. "Crashing into someone's house doesn't count as a danger to the community?" Judge Annette Plese...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Man injured in crash during police chase

A Cheney man was arrested for drunken driving and eluding police early today in Stevens County. Todd Earl Toreson, 38, lost control of his 2004 Ford F150 about 12:46 a.m. near on state Route 231 about 12 miles south of Springdale, according to Washington State...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

Man accused of kicking baby nephew 

A man was arrested for allegedly kicking his 18-month-old nephew in the face Tuesday night. Eric S. Peters, 33, drove away from his sister's home in the 7700 block of North Colton Street drunk and with his young child in the car after the altercation...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012

'Boisterous' claims to nurse aids in arrest

A driver involved in a one-car crash that engulfed his vehicle in flames allegedly bragged to a nurse about the incident, police say. William C. Calamanco, 25, "was in a boisterous state and explained to the nurse that he was 'driving really, really, really fast,'"...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

Dad arrested after crash injures children

A father was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault Monday after a one-car crash that injured his 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter in south Spokane County. Heath Barden, 35, of Cheney, was driving north in the 14000 block of South Murphy Road when his 2004...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2012

$50k bond for suspect in fatal crash

A 21-year-old woman accused of leaving the scene of fatal drunken crash has been charged with two felonies. Hannah K. Hahn, 21, remains in jail on $50,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court today on charges of vehicular homicide and failure to remain at the...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2012

Driver in fatal pedestrian crash jailed

A 21-year-old vehicular homicide suspect who missed her court appearance on Monday is back in jail after turning herself in. Hannah Kay Hahn was arrested Tuesday at her lawyer’s office, KHQ-TV reports. She was booked into jail about 5:15 p.m. on charges of vehicular homicide...

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