Driver involved in Spokane Valley crash in custody, suspected of DUI

A woman suspected of driving under the influence, then hitting another car and taking off in Spokane Valley was identified Monday morning.

Emily Torgersen Appel, 32, is charged with vehicular assault, felony hit and run, and obstruction following the crash that closed State Route 290 at Pines for several hours Sunday night.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney said the two cars involved in the crash were driving west when Appel rear-ended the vehicle in front of her. The collision caused the vehicle hit to roll. The driver of that vehicle, identified as 33-year-old Cally Leanne Duncan, had serious injuries, but is expected to survive. Court documents state she suffered a head injury and face laceration that required stitches.

Sevigney said Appel then drove onto the railroad tracks and got stuck. He said she then took off running once she realized she was stuck.

According to court documents, troopers found an 18-pack of PBR inside Appel’s car, including an open beer can. Troopers said she was belligerent, uncooperative and slurring her speech. Appel was taken into custody shortly after.

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