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In brief: Two injured in I-90 rollover

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Two people from Sun City, Ariz., were injured Tuesday when their car went airborne off Interstate 90 and rolled several times.

Herbert Sutton, 76, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer eastbound just west of Ritzville about 1:45 p.m. when he apparently fell asleep, the Washington State Patrol said. The car drifted between guardrails, “went airborne and rolled several times,” the WSP said in a news release. The car came to a stop on Schrag Road.

Herbert Sutton and his passenger, Margaret Sutton, 75, were transported by Medstar to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. They were both listed in satisfactory condition Tuesday night, according to a nursing supervisor.

Crash injures biker, closes street

Sprague Avenue east of the downtown area was closed to traffic for several hours Tuesday afternoon while Spokane police investigated an accident involving a patrol car and motorcycle.

The accident occurred just before 1:30 p.m. when a police officer turned left from Pine Street onto Sprague.

A motorcyclist headed east swerved to avoid the officer’s car, but crashed as a result of the maneuver. Witnesses reported that the motorcyclist was driving recklessly at a high speed, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, police spokeswoman.

The vehicles did not collide, but the motorcycle rider had minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. He was wearing a helmet.

The closure was on Sprague between Division and Cowley streets.

Debris at scene leads to arrest

Police say a Colbert man arrested for hit-and-run Monday left a crucial clue at the crash scene: his truck’s license plate.

Ashdon W. Hammack, 32, fell asleep while driving on Country Homes Boulevard early Monday and careened into a commercial building at 8606 N. Wall St., according to a news release. His car caused “extensive damage,” and the rubble included his license plate and a broken turn signal lens. The business owner discovered the damage about 9 a.m.

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies contacted Hammack at his home, where they found the damaged truck.

Investigators say Hammack returned to the crash scene to see what he’d hit, but “he never did contact police or the building’s owner.” He was arrested and released on charges of hit-and-run and second-degree negligent driving.

Sierra Club planning river tour

The Sierra Club’s Spokane River tour July 10 features 200 years of history.

The tour includes stops at the Spokane House Museum and Spokane Falls, plus talks by local historians Jack Nisbet and William Youngs.

The tour is limited to 30 people. A $25 donation is suggested. To RSVP, contact John Osborn at (509) 209-2899 or

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