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Spokane officer collides with car; driver suspected of DUI

A Spokane police car collided with a teenager’s vehicle Tuesday night after the officer ran a red light.

Officer Seth Killian was driving south on North Ash Street around 8 p.m. when he went through a red light at West Maxwell Avenue, court documents say.

Killian’s patrol car collided with a car driven by a 16-year-old boy who is suspected of being under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash.

Officer Michael Huffman responded to the crash and performed a field sobriety test on the boy, court documents say. Huffman smelled marijuana on the boy’s clothes, and the boy told Huffman he smoked marijuana about two hours earlier.

Police filed a warrant to test a sample of the boy’s blood Tuesday night, court documents say. Officer Teresa Fuller, police spokeswoman, said the crash investigation has not been turned over to another agency even though a Spokane officer appears to be at fault.

The outcome of that investigation will determine what, if any, disciplinary action is taken against Killian, Fuller said.

Fuller said it appeared Killian was not using his overhead lights at the time of the crash.

Staff writer Kip Hill contributed to this report.

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