MOSES LAKE -- A Grant County sheriff's deputy suffered bumps and bruises after he rolled his patrol car while responding to an emergency call, the Washington State Patrol said.
The crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 17 at Grape Drive in Moses Lake, troopers said.
Deputy John McMillan, 40, of Ephrata, was responding to a domestic disturbance report involving a person chasing others with a shovel, said Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones.
McMillan was driving south on the highway with his lights and sirens on, Jones said. As he approached Grape Drive, the cruiser hydroplaned on water standing in the roadway left from recent heavy rain, Jones said.
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McMillan lost control of the car and it slid into a light pole on the southeast corner of Highway 17 and Grape Drive, then rolled into its roof, Jones said.
McMillan was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake and was resting at home Thursday, Jones said.
The crash is being investigated by the state patrol.
Area police planning more St. Patrick's Day patrols
OLYMPIA -- If you want to keep the luck o' the Irish on your side for St. Patrick's Day, law enforcement officials are saying "Don't drive drunk."
Extra officers will be patrolling Tri-City streets beginning today, looking for impaired drivers.
The emphasis patrols will run through March 20 -- meaning officers will be on the lookout for those celebrating St. Patrick's Day the weekend before and the weekend after.
Last year, 46 DUI arrests were made in the Tri-Cities during the same time period, officials said.
"Drunk or drugged driving remains the leading cause of death in traffic crashes," said Lowell Porter, director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. "These preventable crashes can be eliminated if everyone works to become a part of the solution."
In Washington, impaired drivers still are the most frequent factor contributing to traffic deaths, officials said.
In 2009, 491 people were killed on Washington's roads and impaired drivers accounted for 53.8 percent of those deaths.
Night-time driving -- between the hours of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. -- also is a big factor, with more than two-thirds of fatal crashes then being DUI-related.
Agencies participating in the St. Patrick's Day patrols are the Kennewick, Pasco and Richland police departments, Franklin County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol.
Hermiston officers hurt in struggle with suspect
HERMISTON -- Two Hermiston police officers suffered minor injuries after a suspect involved a fight struggled with them when they tried to arrest him, authorities said.
Sgt. Tim Beinert and Officer Tim Miears were able to take Carlos Valenzuela Jr. into custody after a brief struggle, said acting Lt. Darryl Johnson.
Officers responded to the 100 block of West June just before 2 a.m. Thursday after a report about a fight in progress.
Valenzuela Jr., 19, of Hermiston, was in the fight and reportedly attacked Beinert and Miears when they contacted him.
Officers later found illegal drugs on Valenzuela, Johnson said.
Valenzuela was arrested and booked into the Umatilla County jail on suspicion of two counts of assaulting a public safety officer and one count each of resisting arrest, possessing a controlled substance, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and harassment.
Beinert and Miears' injuries included facial swelling and knee abrasions. They did not seek medical attention.
"Police officers responding to fight calls in most cases usually end without the officers having to be involved in fighting with the suspects," Johnson said. "There are occasions where this does occur and it usually involves the use of alcohol or illegal narcotics."
Sunnyside woman held on suspicion of lying
SUNNYSIDE -- A 21-year-old woman was arrested after allegedly lying to police officers about details of a drive-by shooting that targeted her apartment.
Sunnyside police responded to a 911 call around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday about a drive-by shooting on the 700 block of McClain Drive.
Officers found several bullets at the scene and determined that four shots had been fired from a vehicle traveling on Beckner Alley, Sunnyside police spokeswoman Charlotte Hinderlider told the Yakima Herald-Republic.
Martina Ramirez, who lives in the apartment, may have lied to investigators about who was with her at the time and other details, Hinderlider said.
She was arrested on suspicion of two counts of knowingly making false statements to a public servant and is being held in the Sunnyside jail.
Detectives do not believe Ramirez is a gang member, but she spends time with relatives and friends who are, Hinderlider told the newspaper.
The shooting is believed to be gang-related, she said.
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