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Spokane Police explain why officer involved in crash won't be cited

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Responding officers noticed the distinct smell of marijuana coming from the victim's car. The victim told officers he'd smoked two hours prior to the crash. Responding officers noticed the distinct smell of marijuana coming from the victim's car. The victim told officers he'd smoked two hours prior to the crash.
Officer Seth Killian Officer Seth Killian
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UPDATE: Many viewers were concerned as to why the officer that ran the red light won't be cited. Here's what we found out:

When something like this happens there are two paths to take. Most of us would get a ticket, but law enforcement officers have a different process. Even though they're different, they both end up with some sort of discipline.

The SPD goes through an internal discipline process which involves an investigation into what happened.

At the end of the investigation, several things can happen: The officer could get a letter in his file, days off, have to cover the costs of the damage, or get a ticket.

If it's not a ticket, the punishment stays in their file for the rest of their career. 

"Most officers, I think you'll find, would probably rather have the citation, pay the citation, and be done with it," says Assistant Chief Craig Meidl.

And if something else down the line happens, depending on what it is, the offending officer could even be let go from the department. 


Officers responding to a car crash involving a Spokane Police patrol car Tuesday night believe the driver of the other car involved was high on marijuana at the time of the crash. 

Court documents released about the crash Wednesday morning show Officer Seth Killian was driving south on Ash Street, ran the stop light at Maxwell and collided with another car. Spokane Police confirms Officer Killian was recently one of the officers cleared in an August shooting. Officer Teresa Fuller told KHQ it does not appear Officer Killian was responding to a call during the time of the crash. 

It was originally reported in this story that Officer Killian would most likely be cited, however Fuller told KHQ Wednesday afternoon that Killian will not be cited, but could have a letter of the crash placed in his personnel file. That letter will be available for investigators further down the line, should Officer Killian be involved in other crashes, or other incidents. Officer Fuller says these letters serve to establish a pattern of behavior and could be used to discipline the officer, leading to suspension or even termination.

No major injuries were reported in this crash. 

Investigators say they spoke with the man who admitted to be driving the car at the time of the crash and suspect he was under the influence of marijuana. Court documents say the driver, who has not been charged yet, admitted to investigators to taking a couple of hits of marijuana two hours prior to driving. Interviewing officers said they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from his car and his clothes. 

Spokane Police have requested a toxicology report on the man's blood.

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