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Crash Damages Another Patrol Car; Third One In A Week

SPOKANE, Wash. - The third patrol car in a week was taken out of service Saturday after a non-injury crash at Hawthorne and Highway 2 about 1:15 p.m.

Deputy Matt Spink was responding to an assault call with the emergency lights and siren activated on his marked patrol car when the collision occurred. 

Spink was eastbound on Hawthorne approaching the red light at Highway 2.  He stopped and then began crawling through the intersection as all southbound traffic stopped. 

Northbound traffic had stopped in two lanes, but as he entered the third lane a 2007 Buick driven by 71-year-old Judith Ann Vanderbosch of Mead entered the intersection northbound.

Spink's patrol car hit the Buick in the passenger side doors, spinning it and smashing the Crown Victoria patrol car's PIT bumper off to the side.  Neither Spink nor Vanderbosch was injured, but both cars suffered significant damage and had to be towed from the scene.

The Washington State Patrol investigated the crash and cited Vanderbosch for Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle.

The assault call Spink was responding to involved a North Market address in which a 22-year-old man reported being struck by his 47-year-old aunt.  He told 911 she had hit him in the head with a metal fireplace poker.

Other deputies arrived at the home and arrested and booked Tammy R. Lewter for Second-Degree Assault.

A sheriff's patrol car was totaled last Sunday night in a crash at Francis and Freya, and another plain-marked patrol car was damaged in a crash on Indian Trail Road just north of Francis on Thursday morning.

Crown Victoria's (police interceptors) are no longer being produced by Ford Motor Company and cars damaged beyond repair must be replaced with another model.

 

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