A Kelso, Wash., man was killed early Sunday when his pickup truck overturned on a rural road in the Chair Creek drainage north of Riggins, Idaho, the Idaho State Police reported.
Witnesses told a state trooper that Jeffrey A. Parker, 37, was intoxicated when he left his friends at a hunting camp where they had spent the evening drinking. He sped off and lost control of his 1997 Dodge Ram 500 yards down Forest Road 263 at 3:24 a.m., according to the state police.
Parker, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the pickup as it went over an embankment, rolled and came to a stop on the driver’s side.
An investigation is continuing.
Apparent heart attack fatal to Idaho driver
A St. Maries man died after apparently suffering a heart attack while driving on Milwaukee Road near St. Maries on Sunday afternoon, the Idaho State Police said.
Thomas M. Harney, 56, was driving home from work westbound on Milwaukee Road when his 1984 Ford pickup went into a ditch, hitting an embankment. The pickup rolled and came to a stop on the driver’s side. Harney had to be extricated, the state police said.
He was pronounced dead at Benewah Community Hospital.
Burglary suspect stabs store employee
An employee of Super 1 Foods in Post Falls was stabbed repeatedly early Sunday when he tried to stop a man who had stolen a carton of cigarettes from the store, according to Post Falls police.
The man grabbed a carton of Marlboro cigarettes about 2:55 a.m. and ran outside. The employee chased the suspect and pulled him to the ground. During the struggle, the employee was stabbed several times in the face and stomach, according to police.
The employee went back inside the store at 805 E. Polston Ave. while the suspect threatened store customers who confronted him outside. The suspect then ran north across East Mullan Avenue.
Later Sunday, Post Falls police and a Kootenai County sheriff’s K9 unit apprehended Nathaniel D. Bloom, 18, behind a residence on East Mullan. He was booked on felony charges of burglary, aggravated battery and aggravated assault.
The victim, whom police did not identify, was taken to Kootenai Medical Center, where he was reported in stable condition Sunday.
Safe-driving class scheduled in CdA
The Idaho State Police will offer a free safe-driving class to help people prepare for winter driving as well as to react to aggressive drivers, drunken drivers and other adverse situations.
The two-hour class will start at 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Region 1 office, 602 W. Prairie Ave. in Coeur d’Alene.
Call (208) 772-6055 to reserve a space.
Two men injured in crash on I-90
A Hayden, Idaho, driver and his passenger were injured early Sunday when the 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix they were riding in eastbound on Interstate 90 struck a median barrier and overturned near milepost 15, the Idaho State Police said.
The driver, Robert J. Reiswig, 26, was booked into Kootenai County Jail on suspicion of aggravated driving under the influence after he was treated at Kootenai Medical Center for minor injuries, the state police said.
His passenger, Michael S. Storms, 23, of Grandview, Wash., also was taken to the hospital, where he was being treated for injuries.
Air bags were deployed in the crash at 2:05 a.m., but it isn’t known if the two men were wearing seat belts. The crash is still under investigation.
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