Ofc. Nick Briggs
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 8:43 p.m.
An impaired driver, Charles E. Washington (35), was arrested for vehicular assault and several other charges are pending after two separate collisions in North Spokane. He'll be booked into Spokane County Jail later this evening.
Today, 05-31-16, just before 5:00pm, SPD received multiple calls regarding vehicle collisions at both N Wall/W Dalke as well as a four vehicle collision at N Post/W Central. Citizens reported one vehicle had crashed into multiple cars, the driver appeared intoxicated, and was he attempting to leave the scene. Citizens were able to describe the suspect and keep an eye on him until Officers arrived on scene, about four minutes after being dispatched. Witnesses also reported that the suspect’s temperament appeared volatile as he was trying to fight witnesses in the area.
Officers arrived and were able to detain Washington. One adult victim of the collision was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. During the course of the investigation it was determined just prior to causing the four vehicle collision, the driver was suspected of another hit and run near W Dalke and N Wall.
The suspect was subsequently arrested for vehicular assault, and additional charges are expected. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this collision.
SPD is very grateful for the cooperation of the community in this incident. Citizens provided an excellent description of the suspect, which resulted in a quick apprehension. This is an excellent example of citizens being the ‘eyes and ears’ of the SPD, and how that partnership is crucial to keeping the community safe.