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Spokane, Washington – Suspected DUI Driver Crashes Into Pole at Five Mile Road

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Posted on January 20, 2020

Spokane, Washington (January 19, 2020) – A car crashed into a power pole on the intersection of West Five Mile Road and North Ash Street on early Saturday morning. According to the report from The Spokesman-Review, a woman identified as Victoria Brown was found in the vehicle with a  small bump on her head. She was reported to show signs of intoxication and claimed to be the driver, which officers determined to be a lie. Brown’s husband, Shane Brown, was contacted and found to have been walking away from the scene. He was also found to have a bump on his forehead and intoxicated, and denied to be the driver of the car, but officers found his hair embedded in the cracked glass of the vehicle’s windshield. Three children were also found unharmed inside the vehicle, but they were still taken to a hospital for evaluation, and were later placed in the custody of Child Protective Services. The couple were booked into the Spokane County Jail, with Victoria Brown receiving a charge of making false statements, and Shane Brown charged with suspicion of felony hit-and-run, DUI, and three counts of reckless endangerment.

About Vehicle Accidents

In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on the side or top can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation in which victims may get trapped inside the car. Sometimes, outside help is needed to safely get trapped occupants out of the car. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Cars that are more susceptible to rollover accidents are lighter cars with a high gravity center, though it should be noted any car can roll over given the circumstance. In a rollover crash, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries. Wearing a seat belt helps mitigate possible injuries in this particular type of incident, and also minimizes the chances of being flung from the vehicle when it flips over.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. Be specially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. It would also help to identify busy roads ad try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.