Ofc. Michael Huffman
Monday, May 11, 2020 at 5:09 p.m.
Spokane Police Officers respond to a crash in the downtown area. The driver who caused the collision was arrested for DUI. As a tow truck arrived on-scene to pick up one of the vehicles, an Officer noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the tow truck. The tow truck driver was also arrested for DUI.
On 05/10/2020, at about 7:48PM, Spokane Police Officers were dispatched to a collision in the intersection of 1st Avenue and Washington Street. A white Jeep Cherokee travelling eastbound, ran through the red light at the intersection and caused the collision.
Talking to witnesses on-scene, they described the Jeep blowing red lights all down 1st Avenue going around 90 MPH. The driver of the Jeep was 50 year old Jennifer Petrik. Officers on-scene contacted Jennifer and determined she was showing several signs of impairment. Jennifer was ultimately arrested for DUI and transported to a local hospital to treat her injuries. The occupants from the other vehicle suffered minor injuries and went to a local hospital.
A short time later a tow truck arrived on-scene to move one of the vehicles from the crash out of the roadway. As the Officer approached the tow truck to talk with the driver, the Officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The driver was identified as 53 year old Kenen Pierce.
As Officers were talking with Kenen, the tow truck had some mechanical issues and backed into a patrol vehicle causing minor damage to both vehicles.
A Drug Recognition Expert arrived on-scene to evaluate Kenen for any signs of impairment. The Drug Recognition Expert determined Kenen was showing several signs of impairment and ultimately arrested Kenen for DUI.
As spring and summer approach and as the State re-opens, there are going to be more and more people out and about. The Spokane Police Department would like to remind everyone to drink responsibly. The Spokane Police Department would also like to remind those who use marijuana to use responsibly as well.
Officer John O'Brien