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In brief: Registration may be reason for tow

The Spokesman-Review

The Spokane City Council on Monday will consider a measure that would allow law enforcement officers to tow and impound vehicles with expired registration that are left on public streets.

The change in city ordinance would affect cars that have registrations that have been expired for more than 45 days. If the ordinance is approved, offending vehicles could be towed immediately without warning to car owners.

The potential new ordinance is a response to public frustration with a problem that occurs across Spokane, said Council President Joe Shogan.

“We have a lot of complaints about abandoned vehicles,” Shogan said. “They’re all over the city.”

Vehicle owners who can’t afford to register their cars should not park on city streets, Shogan said.

The measure incorporates language from a change to state law made earlier this year. Spokane Police Department representatives lobbied for the new state law, according to Dorothy Webster, the city’s general administration director.

– Melissa Pamer

Alcohol a factor in fatal collision

Alcohol was involved in the death of a Spokane resident when his southbound car drifted into the northbound lane of state Route 291 and collided with another vehicle about 11:40 p.m. Friday, the Washington State Patrol said.

Timothy N. Temple, 27, was killed at the scene, about seven miles north of Spokane.

According to a WSP press release, he had been drinking.

Temple’s 1994 Mazda MX3 crashed into a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by Joshua Jackson, 26, of Nine Mile Falls. Jackson was transported by MedStar to Deaconess Medical Center and was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where his condition was listed as serious.

– Staff reports