Former ambassador Ryan Cocker arrested for hit-and-run and DUI in Washington state


Ryan Crocker, shown here on Capitol Hill, is facing charges for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. (Alex Brandon/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The AP is reporting that Crocker was arrested on Aug. 14 in Spokane Valley after an incident in which he allegedly hit another car with the 2009 Ford Mustang convertible he was driving.

Crocker, a Spokane native, announced his retirement last month for unspecified health reasons. Most recently, he was the ambassador to Afghanistan and had previously been ambassador to Iraq, where he served under President George W. Bush during the military “surge.” Before that, he was posted to troubled hotspots around the globe, including Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon.

His lawyer, Julie Twyford, could not be reached immediately.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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