A two-vehicle accident left one driver seriously injured and the other driver, suspected of being impaired, behind bars.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded shortly after 8 a.m. to the crash on Bruce and Peone Roads, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Deputies said Jacqueline M. Gregory, 60, was driving a Dodge Ram north on Bruce Road, and a man was driving east on Peone Road in a Ford Fiesta.
A witness told deputies that the Dodge failed to stop at the stop sign before colliding with the Ford. The witness estimated the speed of the Dodge at 45 mph.
The driver of the Ford was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, the statement said.
Gregory was medically cleared in hospital before being incarcerated in Spokane County Jail, deputies said. She was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving, but the charge was changed to assault while driving because the other driver was seriously injured.
Gregory told deputies she was heading north on Bruce Road and stopped at the intersection or possibly even before the stop sign before continuing. She said the Ford “came out of nowhere” and she hit it. She said the other driver was heading quickly west on Peone Road.
A deputy noted that the extensive damage to the Ford’s passenger side was consistent with impact at a much higher speed than would have been possible had Gregory pulled over before the crash, the statement said. The direction of travel of each vehicle did not match the damage to the front of its truck and the passenger side of the Ford.
Traffic was diverted for several hours while the crash was investigated.
Gregory remained in the Spokane County Jail Thursday afternoon with bond set at $5,000. She made her first court appearance Thursday in Spokane County Superior Court and is due to be arraigned Aug. 23.