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WSP: Drunk driver flips car on Highway 395

Published On: Nov 22 2012 01:36:07 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 22 2012 10:41:15 AM CST
Drunk Driver N. Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Washington State Patrol troopers tried to stop a speeding car, when the driver lost control and flipped.

The crash happened on Highway 395 on the North-South Corridor, just after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A trooper passed a Subaru heading north at 80 miles per hour. The trooper turned around to pull the driver over, when Nadezda Cherkashina, 19, lost control of her car, causing it to flip.

Troopers said a concrete barrier stopped the car from plummeting several hundred feet into the Wandermere area.

The first trooper on scene had to cut Cherkashina from her car.

The trooper smelled alcohol and said there were wine bottles in the car.

Cherkashina said she was heading to her uncle's house in Spokane Valley.

She was taken to Holy Family Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. There was also a passenger in the car, but he is OK.

The right lane of northbound Highway 395 was closed as WSP investigated.

Troopers said this is one of their busiest nights for drunk drivers. They ask if you do drink, do not get behind the wheel of a car.