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WSP trooper in hospital after patrol car was hit by driver allegedly running stop sign

UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019

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A Washington State Patrol Trooper was sent to the hospital after a driver allegedly ran a stop sign in Spokane Valley on Friday afternoon and hit an unmarked patrol car.

At about 6:07 p.m., at the intersection of South Adams Road and East 16th Avenue, the unmarked patrol car, driven by Trooper Barry Marcus, 58, was struck by 26-year-old Kevin Vorpahl driving a 2013 Ford Taurus, according to a Washington State Patrol news release.

Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash, according to the news release, and both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Vorpahl was injured but refused medical treatment. He is being charged with alleged failure to stop at a stop sign, according to the news release.

Barry’s condition is not known.

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