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Late-night DUI crash in Spokane Valley sends woman to hospital

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 12, 2020

Two cars were totaled in a Spokane Valley collision late Wednesday night, sending one woman to the hospital and leaving one man facing possible vehicular assault charges.

Just before 11:30 p.m., David J. Dixon, 30, was driving west on Trent Avenue near Millwood, according to a Washington State Patrol news release.

Dixon attempted to make a left turn onto Park Road but failed to yield to traffic on Trent Avenue and was hit by an oncoming car.

Amber L. Peltier, 40, from Springfield, Oregon, was driving the second vehicle. Peltier was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center to be treated for her injuries, while her 13-year-old passenger was uninjured. Court records indicate Peltier possibly had a broken ankle.

When troopers arrived on scene, Dixon’s eyes were bloodshot and there was a strong odor of alcohol, according to court records. While Dixon told the trooper he only had one beer, a preliminary breathalyzer test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.207, according to court records. The legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in Washington is 0.08, which means Dixon’s reading was more than 2½ times the legal limit.

The incident is being investigated as a possible vehicular assault, according to court records. While Dixon was bleeding from his head at the scene of the crash, he declined to be taken to the hospital by ambulance, court records show.

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