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Driver caught after slamming into DOT vehicle in Spokane Valley

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Update: Washington State Patrol says the driver of a car that crashed into a DOT vehicle Wednesday afternoon has been charged with driving under the influence.

Troopers say 45-year-old Gramer L. Mann was headed eastbound in the left lane of I-90. A fully lit DOT sign truck, driven by 42-year-old John S. Laughlin, was providing traffic control for  WSDOT sweepers, was also eastbound in the left lane.

Gramer, and his passenger, 35-year-old Andrew L. McElhaney, fled the scene of the crash and were taken into custody a short time later.

Previous coverage:

Washington State Patrol troopers say a driver has been caught after he ran into a Department of Transportation vehicle and then tried to drive off. 

The crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Interstate 90 and Sullivan Rd. in Spokane Valley. The car who ran into the truck fled the scene, but was caught a short time later. Apparently a trail of leaking oil led troopers right to the car, where two people were detained at about 2:20 p.m.

 The crash briefly blocked one lane of eastbound I-90 Wednesday afternoon.

Washington State Patrol reports the driver of the DOT truck suffered minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The crash remains under investigation.

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