Cpl. Ronald Van Tassel
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 3:57 p.m.
On Tuesday a drugged up driver in north Spokane collided into a vehicle. In an attempt to flee the scene the driver raced in reverse down a busy street and slammed into a residence disabling his vehicle.
On September 8, 2020, 30 year old Dale Cusick was involved in a minor collision at Francis and A St. Instead of staying at the scene, Cusick put the vehicle in reverse and started to drive backwards down A St, which is a fairly busy arterial. Cusick was able to make it two blocks in reverse before losing control of his vehicle. He swerved across the street, went through a yard uncontrollably and slammed into the front of a residence. The damage to the residence is very extensive. It destroyed the entire front wall, corner and side of the house, knocking the studs off the foundation. The force of the collision sent debris flying through the house. Luckily there was nobody home at the time of the collision or this incident could have been a lot worse.
While Officers were responding to the collision, Cusicks passenger removed a backpack from the vehicle and handed it to somebody else who fled the scene. When Officers arrived and contacted Cusick they noticed signs of impairment. There was no indication of alcohol consumption and drugs are being suspected for the impairment.
Cusick was arrested for DUI and a warrant for a sample of his blood is being sought. He was also arrested for having a revoked driver’s license.
Cusick’s has 5 felony convictions which include trafficking of stolen property and 4 counts of Robbery.
Officer John O'Brien