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Timm Ormsby’s election opponent focused on legislation, not Ormsby’s recent driving charge

Voters and donors aren’t backing away from incumbent 3rd District Representative Timm Ormsby, a Democrat, despite him being charged with driving under the influence in February. Since then Ormsby has apologized and said the incident was a wake-up call that caused him to quit drinking entirely. In the August primaries Ormsby collected a commanding 64 percent of the vote against his opponent, retired Marine Lt. Col. Dave Lucas, a Republican and a political newcomer. Ormsby also holds a substantial lead in fundraising, collecting nearly triple the cash Lucas has.

Spokane police lieutenant cited for reckless driving in March

A Spokane police lieutenant is facing an internal investigation after he was cited by the Washington State Patrol in March for reckless driving during an apparent race on the freeway. Lt. Matthew J. Cowles was clocked in his personal Corvette traveling close to 90 miles per hour in tandem with another driver around 2 p.m. on March 8, according to a report prepared by a WSP trooper.

Reckless driving ends in Spokane Valley fatality

SPOKANE VALLEY — The Washington State Patrol says a driver was speeding recklessly and passing cars when he collided head-on with an oncoming car Wednesday in Spokane Valley, killing the other driver.

Chases end in crash, arrest

Spokane police arrested a 21-year-old woman Sunday after she drove away from a traffic stop and continued to laugh as officers chased her through southeast Spokane until one officer finally ended the chase by forcing her to crash. The chase started just before 5 p.m. when Officer Joe Pence noticed a 2000 Plymouth Breeze driving recklessly near Illinois Avenue and Perry Street. After attempting a traffic stop, Breanna Stead, 21, sped up to an estimated 50 to 60 mph and ran several stop signs, Officer Ben Green wrote in a news release.

Drunken-driving charges under many influences

Extra law enforcement patrols are often on the road to crack down on drunken driving, but frequently the charge of driving under the influence is reduced as cases play out in court. Court records show 56 percent of DUI charges – or 310 charges out of 553 – were reduced in Spokane County from September 2011 through February 2012. In October alone, 65 of 102 charges were reduced, or 64 percent. That doesn’t include DUIs that were deferred or dismissed.

Southern Idaho man pleads guilty in fatal crash

A southern Idaho man pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless driving for his role in a crash near Twin Falls that killed two teenage College of Southern Idaho students, as part of an agreement with prosecutors in the case.

Driver pursued by Spokane deputies dies in crash

A driver being pursued by Spokane County sheriff’s deputies crashed head-on into a semi-truck and died Monday after driving for about a mile with a flat tire caused by law enforcement spike strips.