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Report: In DUI stop, cop car rammed


A 29-year-old man found himself in Grant County jail last Wednesday after he allegedly rammed a patrol car after being stopped by police for driving under the influence.

In jail is Wade G. Rainbolt, 29, who is known in the area, but who gave his address as Valley, Washington.

Washington State Patrol Public Information Officer Brian Moore said Tuesday that Rainbolt is being charged with driving under the influence, hit and run, second-degree assault and first-degree malicious mischief.

Grand Coulee Police were alerted by dispatch that what appeared to be a drunken driver had entered Jack’s Four Corners Service. Police went to the station, where two patrol cars blocked the described large white pickup from leaving, but the driver drove through a ditch and onto the highway headed east toward Wilbur.

After leaving Jack’s, Rainbolt lost control of his 2007 Chevy pickup near SR-174 and Federal Avenue, where he struck a Ford F-250 pickup on the passenger side, police say, and the two vehicles were blocking both lanes on SR-174. The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m.

When confronted by police, Rainbolt rapidly backed up, ramming Sgt. Gary Moore’s patrol car, putting it out of operation, with Moore still in it, police report.

As Moore and Officer Matt McClanahan approached with handguns drawn, Rainbolt was slow to respond to a police order to exit his vehicle and he was seen reaching for something inside the car, police say. After repeated orders to show his hands and get out of the pickup, he finally did so, but initially refused to give his name, police said.

Officers searched for the vehicle registration to confirm his name and found it under two loaded pistols in the center console.

Calvin Jolley, the driver whose pickup was damaged in the collision, complained of pain in his neck. Police Chief John Tufts, who had arrived in the area, took him to Coulee Medical Center for observation.

When Washington State Patrol arrived on the scene the trooper was granted a search warrant for a blood draw at the hospital. Rainbolt had resisted attempts to get him in the back of a patrol car for transport to the hospital, and once there resisted the blood draw, police said.

After the blood draw, Rainbolt resisted getting into the WSP patrol car and McClanahan used his taser so the patrol car door could be closed, police reported.

Since the crash occurred on a state highway, the WSP took charge of the investigation and took Rainbolt to Grant County jail.

Moore’s Grand Coulee patrol car leaked fluid, had its electrical system impaired and there was damage to the motor. Chief Tufts stated Tuesday that damage to the patrol car was estimated at $9,641.81.

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