Suspect in Freya Way Bridge crash charged with vehicular assault, drug possession
SPOKANE, Wash. — The driver accused of causing a crash on the Freya Way Bridge Thursday was charged with vehicular assault.
Spokane Police identified the suspect as 30-year-old Jarred Thomas Many. Police said Many’s blue sedan jumped the median heading northbound around 6:00 a.m. The car then collided head-on with a black sedan that had attempted to swerve out of the way.
Many had to be extricated from his vehicle and was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The passenger is Many’s car walked away from the scene; authorities are still looking for that person.
The driver of the black sedan stayed on scene and later went to the hospital with injuries. The victim told police he was experiencing bruising to his left shoulder from the seatbelt, lower back pain and pain in his right elbow when he moved his arm, according to court documents.
Court documents state police believe Many was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Officers found pill bottles, suboxone, needles, syringes, a torch, a metal thimble and measuring spoons with burnt ends in the area around Many’s car, according to documents.
Police were unable to give Many a field sobriety test, so officers went to the hospital to talk to him. According to court documents, when asked if he was willing to do a preliminary breath test, Many did not respond.
As a result, authorities deemed they had probable cause to charge Many with vehicular assault and two counts of possession of a controlled substance – drugs.
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