Spokane Police car rammed in stolen car chase




Posted on January 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 6:45 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police said two people were in custody but a third person was still at large after a stolen vehicle pursuit Monday night.

According to authorities, the pursuit began around 8 p.m. after officers spotted a stolen vehicle near 10th Ave. and Maple St.  Police said the driver, Gary Todd, 32, drove away but officers spotted the vehicle again in the Browne’s Addition neighborhood.  Authorities said Todd then rammed a police car and escaped a second time.

Police did not continue their pursuit but began receiving calls of an erratic driver on the South Hill.  Around 9 p.m., a homeowner called police claiming two people were hiding in his laundry room. Officers arrived and arrested the people, one of whom was Todd.  The other person, one of the suspected passengers in the stolen vehicle, was identified as Christina Edwards, 27.

Todd  was booked into jail for a Department of Corrections Escape warrant and another warrant for 3rd Degree Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. Edwards was booked into jail for Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and a Criminal Assistance warrant. More charges for each of the suspects were expected.

Investigators said they were not certain whether the third suspect still at large after the incident was male or female.
Neither the officer nor the officer's K-9 were injured in the collision with the stolen car Monday night.  The patrol vehicle was taken out of service due to the damage sustained.

Todd had six previous felony convictions. Those include convictions for charges like drugs, theft and using a motor vehicle without permission. He was wanted for assaulting an officer in 2013. He is deemed a “non violent felon” and a prosecutor said that makes it tough to keep Todd in jail.

“This is a dangerous individual, he has a warrant for third degree assault on a law enforcement officer also he is an escape risk so it's someone who did not want to go back to jail,” said Lydia Taylor with the Spokane Police Department.

Spokane police said prolific offenders like Todd are responsible for 60% of the City’s crimes.

State law requires authorities to release offenders if they post bail unless they are charged with a capital murder.

"In this case we are just glad we are able to take him into custody without anybody getting hurt,” said Taylor.

Todd is being held on $100,000 bail.