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Driver in Spokane Valley DUI crash was high on meth

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Five people are recovering after the SUV they were riding in was hit by a driver troopers believe was high on meth.

Brooke Benton was arrested following the crash early Saturday near Sprague and Sullivan.  Court documents say deputies describe Benton as a "drug user and liar."

Records show Benton "seemed to be tweaking." Troopers said she admitted to taking meth prior to the crash.

One of the injured occupants of the victim vehicle has been identified as Mark Coladnato. Loved ones said he has multiple broken bones and some internal injuries.

"He has nine broken ribs," said friend Victoria Neumiller. "He has lacerations on his kidney and spleen."

Friends say Mark should recover, but has a long road of healing ahead.

"Mark is a very loving, kind, giving person," Victoria said. "He's the strongest man I've ever met."

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