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Kettle Falls officer injured in collision

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 25, 2015

Kettle Falls police officer Timothy Dollar's patrol car following a collision on Sept. 24. (Courtesy of Kettle Falls Chief Chris Courchene)
Kettle Falls police officer Timothy Dollar's patrol car following a collision on Sept. 24. (Courtesy of Kettle Falls Chief Chris Courchene)

A Kettle Falls police officer was injured in a collision on state Highway 395 north of Chewelah Thursday afternoon.

Officer Timothy D. Dollar, 56, struck another car that turned left in front of him as he was driving north on the highway, according to a news release from the Washington State Patrol.

The crash happened just after 4 p.m. Thursday near milepost 212.

Dollar was treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah and released around 10:30 Thursday, Kettle Falls Chief Chris Courchene said.

The other driver, Thomas R. Preston, 86, is in serious condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center as of Friday morning.

Courchene said Dollar needed stitches in his head and was “banged up pretty good,” but didn’t have any broken bones.

“He’s in good spirits under the circumstances,” Courchene said.

According to WSP, Dollar approached a line of slowed cars in the northbound land. He activated his emergency lights and was driving north in the southbound lane to stop the vehicle that was causing slowed traffic.

Preston turned left in front of Dollar’s marked patrol car, causing Dollar to hit him.

Both men were wearing seatbelts.

After the crash, Courchene said community members stopped to talk to Dollar and keep him calm until help arrived.

They “were right there and they jumped right in,” he said. “It was just nice to see people stop and willing to help because we don’t always see that.”

WSP said the collision was caused by failure to yield right of way and charges may be filed.

Dollar is an eight-year veteran of the Kettle Falls police department and was previously with Colville police, Courchene said.

He plans to be back at work on Tuesday.

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