DUI Crash Causes House Fire

Cpl. Ronald Van Tassel

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 6:32 p.m.

On Tuesday night, Spokane Officers responded to a serious collision in north east Spokane which resulted in injuries. One of the vehicle’s involved left the roadway and collided into a residence, resulting in a fire. The other vehicle fled the scene. Patrol Officers later located that vehicle and its driver, who was later arrested for various charges.

On March 31, 2020, Spokane Police Officers and Fire personnel responded to Freya and Euclid for a collision. The first Officers on scene observed one of the vehicles from the collision had crashed into the side of a residence. The vehicle ignited a fire and half the residence was engulfed in flames. The driver of that vehicle and the people inside the residence were all able to get out safely before the fire overtook the residence. The driver sustained a possible broken leg and was suffering from back pain. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Firefighters were able to put the flames out shortly after.

During the investigation Officers learned that both vehicles were traveling south on Freya, approaching Euclid. The second vehicle was traveling at high speeds and collided into the rear of the other vehicle. This caused that vehicle to spin out and collide into the residence. The other vehicle fled the scene. Witnesses observed the fleeing vehicle “Flying” down several alleyways in the neighborhood. Officers found a parked vehicle that had been struck by the fleeing vehicle along with a tree.

An alert patrol Officer located the suspect vehicle about a quarter mile away from the scene. The vehicle had been traveling east on Buckeye, left the roadway and collided with a large boulder, disabling the vehicle. The driver (24 year old Duston Wulff) then fled that collision on foot. Officers saw that the vehicle was registered to a residence just blocks away. They responded there and took Duston into custody. Duston was heavily intoxicated at the time of his arrest.

Duston will be charged with Felony Hit and Run, which results when you leave the scene of a collision and somebody is injured. He is also being charged with vehicular assault, which results when somebody is driving recklessly or intoxicated, and they cause substantial injury to another person.

Duston has been convicted of a previous DUI from last year.

View the SFD release here.

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