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Woman arrested after crashes

| June 10, 2010 9:00 PM

POST FALLS - A 30-year-old Rathdrum woman was arrested for DUI on Wednesday morning after she allegedly caused two crashes on Highway 41, including one that sent one of the drivers to the hospital.

Lindsey L. Rines-Thomas, who was driving a 2000 GMC Yukon northbound on Highway 41 at 6:50 a.m., was not injured.

According to Idaho State Police, Rines-Thomas was near milepost 2 when she drove into the southbound lane.

William A Putnam, 23, Athol, who was driving a 1992 Isuzu Trooper, was southbound and was forced off the road to avoid hitting the Yukon. Putnam lost control, re-entered the roadway and struck a northbound 1998 Ford Escort driven by Christopher W. Corbin, 28, Post Falls.

Corbin was transported to Kootenai Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Putnam was not injured.

Rines-Thomas continued northbound on Highway 41 and drove into the southbound lane again at the intersection on Wyoming.

She avoided one vehicle and then struck a 2006 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by Daniel R. Brown, 29, Priest River.

Brown's pickup flipped onto its side, but he was not injured.

Rines-Thomas' Yukon came to rest several yards off the road in a field.

All of those involved in the crashes were wearing their seat belts.

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