Ofc. Michael Huffman
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 12:45 p.m.
On 01/19/2020, at about 0215 AM, Officers responded to a single vehicle crash on 5 Mile Road and Ash Street.
A witness to the crash remained on-scene and stated a GMC Yukon had slid off the roadway and into a power pole. After the collision, the male of that vehicle started to walk away from the scene.
As Officer arrived on-scene, they made contact with a female, identified as 31 year old Victoria N. Brown. Victoria had a small bump on her head and was showing obvious signs of being under the influence. Victoria told Officer’s that she was the driver of the vehicle.
About the same time, a Corporal arrived on-scene and made contact with the male, who matched the description given by the witness. The male was identified as 39 year old Shane T. Brown. Shane was not dressed for the weather as he was only in a shirt and jeans. As the Corporal was talking to Shane, he noticed a bump on his forehead near his hair line. Shane was showing obvious signs of being under the influence and denied driving the vehicle and being at the collision scene.
As the investigation unfolded, there was a spider web of broken glass in the windshield on the driver’s side. There were also hairs embedded in the glass that matched Shane’s hair not Victoria’s. After the investigation was completed, Officers determined that Shane was in fact the driver.
Back at the crash scene there were three children inside the vehicle. There ages were 12 year old, an 8 year old and a 5 month old. Fortunately none of the children were injured during the collision.
Due to Victoria lying to Officer’s, she was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Providing False Statements. Victoria had no previous convictions on her record
Shane was also arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Felony Hit and Run, DUI and 3 counts of Reckless Endangerment. Shane has previous convictions for Child Molestation 1st, Assault 4, Reckless Driving, Driving under the Influence, DWLS 3rd and Negligent Driving 1st.
The kids were transported to the hospital to be checked out and then placed into protective custody with CPS.
This is a great example of great police work and great witnesses that stuck around and helped out with the investigation. Fortunately the kids and no other citizens were injured in this crash.
The Spokane Police Department would like to remind everyone not to drink and drive, especially when you have kids in your vehicle. Let’s work together and keep our roadways safe by finding alternative ways home.
Officer John O'Brien