Ofc. Joshua Laiva, PIO
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 1:07 p.m.
November 28 just before 6:00PM, a Spokane Police Sergeant was attempting to turn from eastbound on W. Mallon Ave., to northbound on N. Lincoln St., when his vehicle was struck head on. A vehicle without headlights was headed westbound on W. Mallon Ave., from the area of the Spokane Arena, when it drove straight through the southbound turn lane for N. Lincoln St., through the intersection, and struck the SUV the SPD Sergeant was driving. The Sergeant was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation of his injuries. The driver of the vehicle without headlights, 56 year old Kenneth M. Boardman, was arrested for DUI.
Luckily in this incident, the push bumper of the patrol vehicle took the brunt of the impact, and there were no serious injuries. This highlights the dangers of driving under the influence. As little as one drink can start to slow your reaction time. After a few drinks you might be so impaired it effects your balance, speech, and vision. Self-control and judgement can also be impaired. Buzzed driving is still impaired driving. You will be putting your life, and others, at risk with you being behind the wheel. If you are under the influence, you are under arrest!
Officer John O'Brien