Officers cleared in Spokane spike strip fatality



SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane County prosecutor’s office has cleared officers who used a spike strip on a fleeing car that crashed, killing the driver.

Speaking for the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team, Spokane police spokeswoman Jennifer DeRuwe says it was notified by the prosecutor’s office this week that the law enforcement response was appropriate and no officers would be charged.

A Washington State Patrol trooper and two Spokane County deputies were involved in the chase and deploying the spike strip on June 20 on Highway 395 north of Spokane.

A speeding car driven by 50-year-old Daniel James Marinovich of Post Falls, Idaho, hit the strip. It flattened the right front tire. A mile down the road the car hit an oncoming log truck. Marinovich died at the scene.