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Spokane man accused of DUI after nearly ramming ISP trooper

Shannon M. Defrance (Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office)
Shannon M. Defrance (Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office)

A Spokane man driving on the wrong side of Interstate 90 was arrested for felony DUI after nearly ramming an Idaho State Police trooper head on.

The driver, later identified as 46-year-old Shannon M. Defrance, was first spotted near milepost 10 in Kootenai County going westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-90 just after 2 a.m. A trooper transporting a prisoner to jail reported that he was nearly hit head on.

Deputies began shutting down on ramps and were able to stop Defrance near milepost seven. Defrance immediately said that he was “too drunk” to drive, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies agreed and arrested him. Defrance’s blood alcohol levels were nearly two times the legal limit of .08.

Defrance does not have a valid driver’s license and has two prior convictions for DUI.

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