SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Police Department said an on-duty officer and a passenger in another car were injured Sunday morning after being involved in a two-car wreck.
According to police, just before 4:00 a.m. an officer was responding to a possible shots fired call and was driving northbound on Ruby when he was struck by a car coming eastbound on Mission.
Police said at that time of the morning, the lights at the intersection were in the “flashing cycle” with traffic on Ruby facing a flashing yellow and traffic on Mission facing a flashing red. Police said they believe the officer’s car was hit because the other car failed to stop at the flashing red.
The passenger in the eastbound car was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car. She suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. The officer suffered minor injuries and was treated and released that same morning.
The driver of the eastbound car was not injured.
Authorities at the scene tested the driver to see if they were under the influence of anything. Police did not specify what the official Drug Recognition Expert discovered, but did state that officers will be looking into impairment, speed, and any other factors that played a role in the collision.
No charges have been filed at this time.