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Angry driver purposely drives car off the road, hits it again once stopped

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2020

Witnesses reported to police that a pickup driver purposely struck a sedan Friday and, after the sedan spun out of control off the roadway and had stopped, struck it again.

At about 12:15 p.m. Friday, the Spokane Police Department received several calls reporting an “intentional collision” involving two cars and the resulting fight between two people in the street in the 4500 block of south Regal Street, according to a Spokane Police Department news release.

The initial calls reported a white pickup truck had intentionally crashed into a silver sedan and that the driver of the truck, described as a white man in his 60s, was now hitting the sedan’s driver, the release said.

Before police arrived, some of the callers said the driver of the sedan had crawled out the sunroof of his car and ran west into a strip mall parking lot, according to the release.

When police arrived, the driver of the pickup was sitting in his truck and was cooperative. The driver of the sedan was gone and, as of 3 p.m. Friday, had not been located, the release said.

Officers interviewed multiple witnesses and the driver of the truck and determined at some point on Regal both vehicles were traveling south and the sedan driver did something that upset the truck driver. The sedan driver then flipped off the pickup driver, the release said.

The driver of the truck then struck the sedan, causing it to spin out of control. The truck then drove onto a sidewalk, through a small tree and some landscaping, entered a parking lot and then drove back onto Regal and headed back to the north. The sedan had stopped in the gas station lot about to reenter Regal. The pickup driver then drove toward the sedan and struck it, causing significant damage, according to the release.

The driver of the truck then got out and punched the other driver, the release said. The other driver ran away, leaving a pouch on the ground that contained hypodermic needles and a substance police believe was heroin, the release said.

The investigation is ongoing and the driver of the truck “could be facing serious assault charges,” the release said. Police are looking for the other driver to assess his injuries and hear his side of the story, according to the release.

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