Former U.S. Ambassador arrested for DUI, hit and run in Spokane Valley

Former U.S. Ambassador arrested for DUI, hit and run in Spokane Valley

Former U.S. Ambassador arrested for DUI, hit and run in Spokane Valley

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 24 at 1:41 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY-- Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Spokane native Ryan Crocker was arrested for driving under the influence last week, according to the Spokane  Prosecutor’s Office.

Crocker faces DUI and hit and run charges for a stop in Spokane Valley on August 14th, according to officials. Crocker was twice the legal limit of blood alcohol when the incident occurred.

Crocker, 63, was arrested near the intersection of Sprague Ave. and Pines Road at 2:06 p.m. by a WSP trooper.

According to WSP, Crocker was traveling northbound on Pines Road in the left-hand lane at Sprague Avenue. Crocker attempted to turn right from the left hand lane and collided with a semi-truck.

Crocker’s 2009 Ford Mustang spun out after the collision. Crocker regained control and continued eastbound on Sprague.

A witness followed Crocker to the Washington Trust Bank on North Sullivan. Law enforcement officers contacted Crocker at the bank around 2:49 p.m.

WSP conducted a field breath test where Crocker’s Blood Alcohol Content was recorded as a .160 and .152. Officials take two samples to equal one valid test.

Crocker’s Mustang suffered substantial damage, including at least one flat tire. The semi-truck suffered minor damages. No injuries were reported.

Crocker was very cooperative with law enforcement according to WSP.

According to Spokane County District Court documents, Crocker entered a not guilty plea on August 15th.

Crocker became the civilian face of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over two administrations. He stepped down as ambassador to Afghanistan and retired from the U.S. foreign service after a storied tenure in some of the world's most dangerous hotspots.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the 62-year-old veteran envoy would leave his post in Kabul this summer because of health reasons she declined to detail.

Crocker will appear before a judge on September 12th at 1:30 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed information to this story.

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