Security video raises questions about SPD patrol car crash

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 8:43 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police wanted to find out who was at fault in a crash involving one of their on-duty officers.

The collision happened around 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Market and Wellesley according to authorities.  Police said the officer had a red light but was responding to an emergency call. The officer looked both ways before entering the intersection, where he was then broadsided by another car according to investigators.

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Officials said the officer was responding to a domestic violence call. But witnesses said they are wondering why the officer didn't turn on his emergency lights until he came to a red light.

Security video shows the Spokane Police car pull up to the intersection of Market and Wellesley parallel to an SUV, pause, turn on the emergency lights, and then get hit by a car turning right onto Market.

Spokane Police said no one was hurt but witnesses claimed the driver of the other car required bandages.

A witness contacted KREM 2 News and claimed he tried to tell Spokane Police what he saw and leave his contact information. The department allegedly said that they did not need it.

Officials are still investigating this incident.

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