Driver arrested for DUI, no locking device after driving his car

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Credit: Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

SPOKANE, Wash. – A driver was arrested for being under the influence and not having a required ignition interlock Friday night.

The crash happened on N Wood Road and W Charles Road around 8.20pm. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office identified the driver as 46-year-old Benjamin Valdez, who police said appeared to be intoxicated or intoxicated.

Police say Valdez rolled his car and a witness said he got out of the car through the driver’s side door after the crash.

Deputies said Valdez had watery eyes, slurred speech and his breath smelled of alcohol when they contacted him. He told officers he was the only one in the vehicle and admitted to drinking a beer, but refused to take field sobriety tests.

Officers arrested Valdez for impaired driving. Deputies later found out he had to have an ignition interlock installed to drive, but had not installed one in the wrecked car.

Valdez was sentenced to Spokane County Jail for impaired driving and operating a vehicle without the required immobilizer. His bail was set at $2,500, which he posted and released on March 13.

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