Three injured, dog killed in DUI crash on Upriver Drive

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Three people were hospitalized in a crash on Wednesday when police say a drunk driver collided head on with a car on Upriver Drive, killing the other family’s dog in the process. 

According to Spokane Police, 39-year-old Brian Pierce was driving roughly 20 miles per hour over the speed limit east on Upriver Drive when he lost control of his car on a turn. 

Pierce’s car went about five feet over the centerline, police said, hitting an oncoming car. 

The driver of that car, a 22-year-old woman, and a younger boy were taken to the hospital, along with their dog, which was riding with them at the time. 

Police said the woman has a fractured foot and the boy suffered minor injuries. Their dog had to be put down because of its injuries, police were sad to report. 

Police said Pierce suffered significant but non-life threatening injuries. 

While investigating the crash, police learned Pierce has two previous DUI convictions on his record. When he’s released from the hospital, he’s facing felony vehicular assault charges, as well as misdemeanor charges for ‘injuring or killing a pet.’