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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Washington Supreme Court strikes down mandatory car impounds on DUI arrests

Mandatory impound law for DUI arrests is unconstitutional, state Supreme Court says.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Legislature looking to make changes in DUI law

Drunken drivers could soon avoid a DUI arrest by pulling off the road and taking a nap.


Ormsby pleads guilty to reckless driving in rollover crash

State Rep. Timm Ormsby pleads guilty to reckless driving after rolling his Jeep and being charged with DUI.


Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, top drunken driving arrests over holidays

While much of Spokane celebrated the new year or stayed inside to avoid snow over the past week, a handful of Spokanites earned a trip to jail for driving under …


State gets tougher on DUI and domestic violence in new laws taking effect today

Tougher laws on driving under the influence, domestic violence and gun background checks take effect on Sunday, along with scores of others.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017

Washington House considers tougher DUI law, new way to get blood samples from drivers

House considers a bill to toughen the DUI law and another to make it easier for law enforcement to get drug samples from drivers suspected of being under the influence …


Man accused of vehicular assault after his station wagon strikes motorcycle

A man whose station wagon crashed into a motorcycle Sunday evening west of Spokane was accused by state troopers of driving under the influence. Brandon M. Mott, 30, was driving …


Raid on pot fund hurts legalization

Promised revenue for research and prevention was siphoned off by legislative budget writers.


Spin Control: How Washington didn’t make 4 DUIs a felony

How the fourth DUI in Washington remained a misdemeanor.


Teen driver whose car was hit by Spokane patrol car charged with DUI

A teenager whose car was struck by a Spokane police officer in early December was charged Jan. 12 with driving under the influence.


Two years of legal marijuana mean revenue, but unexpected hurdles

Two years ago this weekend, pot became legal in Washington. Only for adults, only when consumed in private and only if it was grown, processed and sold by state-licensed stores. …


DUI suspect avoids train, breaks ankle

Ruben Flores, 24, faces a driving-under-the-influence charge after police say his car stalled on the train tracks near the downtown Amtrak station just before 3 a.m. Friday.


Police: Impaired teen driver strikes patrol vehicle overnight

Savannah Ashby, 18, struck the back of a police cruiser and another car while driving under the influence, investigators allege.


Off-duty Spokane police officer arrested for driving under influence

An off-duty Spokane police officer was arrested and cited on suspicion of driving under the influence on Saturday night, a news release from the police department said. Officer Mike Russo, …


New DUI enforcement program begins Jan. 1

SEATTLE — The Washington State Patrol is starting a new DUI enforcement program on New Year’s Day. The pilot program will bring tougher punishments for some intoxicated drivers in five …


Prosecutors: Man admitted to drinking before car accident that injured son

A Spokane Valley man charged with vehicular assault admitted to drinking two Bloody Marys and five beers before getting in a car accident that left his 8-year-old son with serious …


Police: Suspected drunken driver causes crash into CdA home

William Velis Sr., 22, was arrested after Coeur d’Alene Police found him and a child fleeing the scene of a Saturday night collision near downtown. Another driver reported minor injuries …


Drunken driver arrested after crashing into Coeur d’Alene home

Three people, including a 10-year-old girl, suffered serious injuries after a drunk driver crashed into their Coeur d’Alene home Thursday night.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2013

One dead in accident north of Chewelah

A Montana man died Tuesday when the car he was driving went off the road north of Chewelah and hit a tree just before midnight.


Two injured in Sunday accidents

Accidents sent two people to the hospital Sunday afternoon and evening.


Getting There: State helps fund Sullivan bridge

The effort to secure funding for a new Sullivan Road Bridge over the Spokane River got a boost last week with the announcement of a $3.5 million grant from the …


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 …


Colfax man in critical condition, charged with DUI

A Colfax man was airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center after driving off an embankment last night.


Lawmakers propose tougher DUI penalties

OLYMPIA – Drunken drivers would face stiffer penalties, including a tripling of mandatory jail time on a first conviction, under proposals being considered by the Legislature. First-time offenders would spend …


Batty arrested again for DUI

A retired Spokane firefighter with a history of impaired driving and a conviction for vehicular homicide was arrested again Thursday after a state trooper smelled alcohol on his breath. David …


Change in DUI law means fired cop can be rehired

A former Spokane police sergeant fired after a drunken hit-and-run crash has been offered a spot as a detective after a change in state law lifted his driving restrictions. City …


Man shoots self during traffic stop

A Hayden man died Wednesday after shooting himself in the face during a traffic stop in Dalton Gardens, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department. Robert J. Kilborn, 48, was …


Short police pursuit ends in suicide

A Hayden man died Wednesday after shooting himself in the face during a traffic stop in Dalton Gardens, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.


Driver arrested after collision with police car

A Spokane Police officer in a patrol cruiser was involved in a collision with another vehicle early today, and the driver of the vehicle was arrested for driving under the …


Car crash on Highway 20 sends driver to hospital

A Cheney man was airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Tuesday morning after being injured in a traffic accident in Pend Oreille County. Kenneth R. Engel, 22, is facing …