Spokane's Dumbest Criminal? - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane's Dumbest Criminal?

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: SPOKANE, Wash. - Deputies arrested a 32-year-old Colbert man Monday after finding his front license plate next to the large hole his truck left in a North Spokane company's wall.

Deputy Matt Spink arrested Ashdon W. Hammack of 18000 N. Dartford Drive for Hit and Run Collision and Second-Degree Negligent Driving. He released the suspect after the driver signed the promise to appear in court.

Spink was called to 8606 N. Wall about 9:15 a.m. Monday after the son of the building's owner found a large hole in the southwest corner of the structure. The son said he left the building about 8 p.m. Sunday and that the building was intact at that time.

Spink's investigation revealed that a vehicle southbound on Country Homes Boulevard had turned left, run up and over the curb and through the business parking lot. It continued across an island and through bushes, striking the building and causing extensive damage.

The rubble at the crash scene contained a license plate from a pickup and broken turn signal lenses.  Spink and Deputy Mike Northway ran the plate through DOL and then contacted Hammack at his home. They found the damaged pickup behind the residence.

Spink asked the suspect if he wondered why the deputies might be at his home, and then explained that he had left his license plate at the crash site.  "I did?" he said.

Further interview revealed that Hammack had been on his way home when he fell asleep and hit what he thought was a home.  He fled, but later returned to see what he had crashed into.  He never did contact police or the building's owner.

Spink returned the license plate and lenses to the suspect before leaving.

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