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Spokane police record 26 Thursday morning accidents, including 1 hit-and-run

Joshua Shelton tries to keep his balance after his car was involved in a multi-car collision on the Walnut Street hill at Fifth Avenue, Thursday morning. There were around a dozen collisions on the slippery hill, including a Spokane Police car arriving to help. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

The Spokane Police Department recorded about 26 crashes after a snow storm Wednesday night, including one incident in which a driver reportedly ran a red light, hit a parked but occupied car, fled the scene and eluded police.

Brian K. Souminen, 23, was later arrested by Spokane police on charges of driving on a suspended license, obstructing officers, reckless driving and hit and run on an attended vehicle, according to a news release.

At about 10:40 a.m., a traffic officer saw a Dodge truck run the red light at West Northwest Boulevard and North Ash Street. The truck crashed into another car before fleeing the scene, police say.

Police say Souminen did not follow officer’s commands and abandoned his car not far from the accident before fleeing on foot.

Souminen was last seen wearing an orange long-sleeved shirt with the name American Arbor LLC. emblazoned on it.

Souminen’s passenger was not injured, nor was the driver of the vehicle that was hit, even though the airbags did deploy.

Souminen was booked into Spokane County Jail at 5:20 p.m. and later released.