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Suspect who injured child in Spokane hit-and-run arrested

Spokane police said the suspect tried to report his car as stolen on Tuesday.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane police arrested a suspect in a hit and run crash in North Spokane that sent a child to the hospital.

In a press release, Spokane Police Officer Josh Laiva said Damon J. Ashe, 36, was arrested Tuesday for vehicular assault and felony hit and run. Ashe was arrested before 3 p.m. in the 2700 block of North Pines Road. 

Laiva said Spokane police and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office contacted Ashe when he reported his 1998 Buick Regal as stolen. He said the Buick was hidden outside of the city and was later recovered. 

Ashe is a convicted felon and does not have a valid driver's license, according to Laiva.  

Laiva said officers and the Spokane Fire Department were called to the area around 4 p.m. Monday for a report of a hit-and-run. He said callers reported a maroon Buick sedan hit a child who was crossing the street and fled the scene north on Post Street.

Laiva said the child was initially reported to be motionless as he laid in the street. When police and firefighters arrived, the child was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and taken to the hospital.

Witnesses described the vehicle as an early 2000’s Buick Regal, Laiva said. The car has tinted windows, black wheels, no front license plate and appears to be registered in Washington.

Credit: KREM
Credit: Spokane Police
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