Reckless Driver Arrested for DUI and Attempting to Elude
A reckless driver, observed by a Spokane Valley Sergeant, attempted to flee and later crashed after the driver lost control, went off the road and struck a tree. The driver, 27-year-old Ashley B. Orne, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle.
On April 4, 2017, at approximately 11:10 p.m., Spokane Valley Sergeant Justin Elliott observed a red SUV (Buick Rainier) exit the parking lot on the southwest corner of Pines and Sprague at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle turned to go north, it struck the concrete divider separating the north and southbound lanes of travel and continued at a speed estimated to be above the posted 35 mph speed limit.
Sergeant Elliott turned around to catch up to the reckless driver, later identified as Orne, who was weaving back and forth over the lane dividing line. When Orne approached the intersection with Broadway, she abruptly swerved to the left, cut off another vehicle and turned west on Broadway.
Sergeant Elliott, now behind Orne’s vehicle, activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop for Orne’s reckless driving and investigate the possibly she may be impaired by alcohol/drugs. Instead of stopping, Orne accelerated rapidly as Sergeant Elliott turned his siren on. Orne continued to flee, approaching speeds of 80 mph as she continued to weave.
As they approached Felts Road, Orne attempted to turn northbound but lost control. The vehicle struck the curb, traveled over the sidewalk and struck a tree. Orne exited her vehicle screaming it was on fire but no flames or smoke was observed by Sergeant Elliott. Orne would follow directions and lay down on the ground but she would get back up and move around.
When a second patrol car arrived to assist, Orne was taken into custody. Orne’s speech was heavily slurred and Sergeant Elliott smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage as he spoke with her. When medics arrived to check her for injuries, Orne screamed she wanted a lawyer and told the medics to leave her alone. With treatment refused, the medics cleared the scene.
Believing Orne was impaired by intoxicants, and with the level of her continued resistance, a search warrant to obtain a blood sample was requested. While in the backseat of a patrol car, Orne slammed her head into the backseat divider and appeared to knock herself out, causing swelling and her head to bleed. Medics responded back to the scene and Orne was transported to a local hospital to be treated.
While at the hospital, Orne continued to be uncooperative and screamed at the hospital staff. Once the search warrant was granted, a blood sample was obtained. Orne was cleared and transported to the Spokane County Jail where she was booked for Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle, a felony, and Driving Under the Influence, a misdemeanor.