Scott Maclay – a longtime Spokane Valley-area civic challenger, sheriff’s critic, gun rights activist and motorcycle enthusiast – died Monday after a crash in Benewah County, Idaho, near St. Maries.
Maclay had legally changed his name to DumpOzzie Dot Com and is on the general election ballot facing Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich in November.
Maclay, who had been a Realtor and recently worked as a respiratory therapist, had been traveling southbound on Idaho State Highway 3 when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on some gravel, hit a guardrail and fell down an embankment, according to the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies received the call at approximately 3:30 p.m., and when they arrived at the scene they found bystanders performing CPR on Maclay. An ambulance arrived a short time later, but the county coroner was then dispatched.
Maclay made local headlines for two decades – he fought a gross misdemeanor weapons charge after firing a .45 semiautomatic at a pickup in a road rage incident in 1999 – up to recent calls for the Spokane Valley city government to dump its contract with the sheriff’s office and instead form its own police force.
Maclay often seethed online and at council meetings over Knezovich’s handling over the deputy-related deaths of Spokane Valley pastor W. Scott Creach in 2010 and 15-year-old Ryan Holyk in 2014. He and his Rattlesnakes Motorcycle Club organized far-right rallies in the Valley where weapons were often on display. He called Knezovich “murderous and corrupt” on his website.
Maclay also at times dabbled in politics, running for Spokane Valley Fire Commission board and City Council posts with no success.
Maclay – as the newly dubbed DumpOzzie – did not receive much support in the August primary election with only 12 percent of the vote. His name will still be on the November ballot.