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Woman arrested after rear-ending patrol car

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 54-year-old woman has been arrested for vehicular assault after police say she rear-ended a patrol car Wednesday afternoon sending a Spokane police officer to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Officer Jeff Graves was on Maple St. just south of Sinto Ave. responding to a call and was sitting in the driver's side of his patrol car when he was rear-ended by Debra Hatcher.

Officers on scene suspected Hatcher may have been under the influence of some kind of substance. A drug recognition expert was called to the scene and based on his assessment, Hatcher was arrested for Vehicular Assault. 

In 2008, 39 police officers in the United States died as a result of automobile collisions and hundreds more were injured.  

In Washington State there is a "Move Over" law. Motorists approaching a stationary emergency vehicle should yield the right-of-way by making a lane change or moving away from the lane or shoulder occupied by the emergency vehicle. If you are unable to change lanes, you should slow down.

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