Alcohol found in truck driven by hit and run suspect
A Spokane police officer is dead and Brianna Knapp, the young woman accused of running him over, is in jail. Now it's been revealed she had an open container of alcohol in her vehicle at the time of the crash.
Spokane police officer Kurt Hensen lost control of his motorcycle near Clark Fork, Idaho, slid across the pavement and was run over by a hit and run driver.
Knapp abandoned her vehicle and then waited until the next day to surrender to the Bonner County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators have said that given the damage to Knapp's truck there is no way she could have not known she had run over a motorcycle and one of its passengers.
She said she hit the same uneven ground down pavement that caused Hensen to lose control of his motorcycle and she assumed her truck was damaged in the construction zone.
However a witness to the crash said Knapp drove right over the top of the motorcycle and the officer who was on the ground next to his bike.
Knapp told investigators the open cup of alcohol found in her truck was from the day before and that she had not been drinking the day of the fatal crash.
Right now she is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash but could avoid a vehicular homicide charge because prosecutors say by the time she surrendered any alcohol that may have been in her system would be gone.
"For somebody to have run over a human being to not stop to try and render aid, just seems unconscionable to me and so there's a great deal of anger from that as well," interim Spokane police chief Scott Stephens said.
Mayor David Condon has asked that all flags in the city be flown at half staff for two days in Hensen's honor.
Knapp, who was previously arrested on a DUI charge in 2006, is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond.