Driver suspected of being intoxicated crashes into Spokane police car

<p><p>Police say a driver who crashed into a Spokane police car late Tuesday night in north Spokane was intoxicated.</p></p><p><p>The officer, who was driving east on East Empire Avenue with emergency lights and siren turned on, was on his way to a call at about 11 p.m. That’s when a pickup truck driving south on Lidgerwood Street slowed but did not stop at a stop sign, police said. The truck entered the intersection and nearly T-boned the patrol car, <a href=”https://www.khq.com/news/first-on-khq-spd-officers-quick-thinking-destroys-camper-but-likely-saved-lives/article_f2802822-4785-11ec-815b-43b2c67bdbbf.html” target=”_blank”>according to KHQ.</a></p></p><p><p>The officer turned hard to the right clipping the truck but avoiding a more direct crash, <a href=”https://www.khq.com/news/first-on-khq-spd-officers-quick-thinking-destroys-camper-but-likely-saved-lives/article_f2802822-4785-11ec-815b-43b2c67bdbbf.html” target=”_blank”>police told KHQ</a>.</p></p><p><p>The patrol car collided with a camper and a power pole.</p></p><p><p>The officer and truck driver were not seriously injured.</p></p><p><p>Both the truck driver and the driver’s passenger, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, were taken to a local hospital.</p></p><p><p>The scene late Tuesday night was messy with garbage from the camper strewn across the road along with the destroyed power pole.</p></p><p><p>The driver “exhibited signs of intoxication” and was processed for a DUI, police said.</p></p><p><p>Additional criminal charges are possible as the investigation continues, police said.</p></p><p><p>Police declined to release the name of the driver.</p></p>