Driver Arrested for DUI (Drugs) and Operating w/o Interlock Device - Passenger Arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Suspected Fentanyl)
Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a call of drug use and possible DUI and arrested the driver and passenger. The driver, charged with DUI and Operating a Vehicle without an Interlock Device, has one DUI conviction and two arrests for DUI in the last three years.
On November 3, 2023, at approximately 8:00 pm, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the report of a female smoking drugs off foil in a vehicle, a silver GMC Yukon, who now appeared to be passed out.
Before Deputies could arrive, the caller stated the Yukon was now driving through the parking lot of Best Buy and into the Krispy Kreme parking lot.
Deputies observed the Yukon turn from the Best Buy parking lot and go west on E. Indiana Avenue. Believing the driver was operating the vehicle while impaired, a Deputy activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop. The driver, later identified as 31-year-old Katarina M. Matt, turned into the parking lot of the mall but failed to stop, continuing to the west.
Matt’s driving was sporadic as she continued to drive past Olive Garden. The Deputy activated his siren to try and get Matt to stop, but she continued to drive slowly. Because she was not stopping and believed to be impaired, the Deputy pulled in front of the Yukon with a second Deputy pulling up behind it, preventing an escape.
Matt, an adult male passenger, and an adult female passenger, later identified as 18-year-old Dominique J. Omingo, were detained. Through the subsequent investigation, Deputies developed probable cause to arrest Matt for DUI and Operating a Vehicle without an Ignition Interlock as required. Omingo was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance (approximately 12 blue pills believed to contain Fentanyl) in her purse.
Omingo was advised of her rights and agreed to answer questions. She said the pills found in her purse belonged to Matt, who handed them to her, along with several pieces of burnt foil and a pipe commonly used to smoke Fentanyl, as Deputies initiated the traffic stop. She said she didn’t know for sure what the items were but admitted it was likely Fentanyl.
Matt, who showed several indicators of impairment, was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). Based on the observations and information learned, probable cause was developed to charge Matt with DUI and Operating a Vehicle without an Interlock Device as Required. A search warrant to obtain a blood sample was granted, and the evidence was collected.
A check of Matt’s history showed one previous DUI conviction (11/21) and two arrests (6/20 and 7/22). She also had a valid misdemeanor DUI warrant for her arrest.