SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy was injured while conducting a traffic stop Friday evening.
Officials said Deputies Brad Humphrey and Shawn Audie were working together as a two-person patrol unit during a traffic stop in the area of Argonne and Maringo Drive.
Deputy Humphrey checked the vehicle’s license plate and learned the driver’s license was suspended. They advised dispatch of the location of the traffic stop but failed to provide the usual additional information. Another deputy arrived after unsuccessful attempts to talk to dispatch.
When Deputy Howe arrived, he saw Deputy Humphrey taking the driver into custody and Deputy Audie was watching the male passenger in the car who was being belligerent. One of the deputies tried to calm the passenger, Harold Spencer Jr., 47, but was unsuccessful.
Deputy Howe also noticed an open beer can on the floor between Spencer’s feet and he failed to follow deputy’s directions.
Howe tried to take Spencer into custody and Deputy Audie stepped in to assist but Spencer grabbed Audie’s arm and pulled him toward the inside of the car. Officials said Deputy Audie hit his head on the door frame.
Deputy Howe pulled Spencer out of the car and onto his stomach on the ground. Deputy Audie fell on his back as Spencer continued to resist. Audie lost consciousness while Howe tried to control Spencer.
Medics arrived on scene to treat both Deputy Audie, who regained consciousness, and Spencer.
Spencer was charged with Assault 3rd, Obstructing and Resisting Arrest.
While he was being transported, he told the deputy he was going to sue and now wanted medical attention for a neck injury. He was then taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Olson was issued a citation for Driving While Suspended.
Deputy Audie appeared to receive only minor injuries and was sent home for the remainder of his shift.