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Some questions remain after police car crashes into house

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This Spokane Police car crashed into a house Sunday night. This Spokane Police car crashed into a house Sunday night.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

On Sunday night a police car crashed into a Spokane home.  Monday, lots of questions remain.  Questions like what happened,  who will pay, and could it have been avoided.

It happened at Wall and Walton in the Garland District, about a block past Mary Lou's Milk Bottle. 

The officer who crashed said she was assisting with a call about a reckless driver in the area when she slid out on wet roads, jumped a curb crashing through a fence and hitting the front porch of the house. 

The 21-year-old driver was cited for reckless driver and a few other infractions and released. 

As for the officer who hit the house, supervisors are looking into exactly what happened, but neighbors say this crash isn't the first of its kind. 

Melissa Flippin lives right across the street from where SPD Officer Beatrice Spolski crashed into the house.  She says people speed through the area all the time. 

SPD Officer Ben Green says "collisions are kind of a normal part of the job. We've had several collisions in the last couple months."  Officers are in the midst of a refresher course of training that deals with this exact type of thing. 

The homeowner spoke to KHQ and said that her 10-year-old son was sleeping in the room closest to where the crash happened and woke up when the house shook.  They then came outside and saw the damage. 

Flippin says in the last three weeks the family had just finished repairing their fence from another crash on the same property.   

It's not known how fast Spolski was going at the time of the collision. 

"We'll consider road conditions, driver experience, what was going on at the time and speeds," says Officer Green.   Spolski is still on the job and has not received any disciplinary action at this point.  "We'll look at it as we would if anyone else had run into a house." 

Brian Coddington with the City of Spokane says the city will be responsible for the cost.  He says they have insurance for things like this.  In this case the homeowner will file a claim with their homeowners insurance and then the insurance company will settle with the city. 

The damage consists of the broken fence and mailbox. Parts of the front porch have also been damaged.  

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