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Suspect Flees Spokane Police From Jack In The Box Parking Lot In Stolen Car

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: On July 28, 2010, at 12:30am, Spokane Police Officer Ron VanTassel was patrolling Division Street near North Foothills Drive when he observed a stolen car pulling into the Jack in the Box parking lot. The stolen car drove through the lot, and then traveled the wrong way on Division. 

When Ofc. VanTassel attempted to make a traffic stop, the vehicle stalled in the roadway and the driver, Kurt T. Lamarr (3/14/85) climbed out of the passenger seat and took off running. Ofc. VanTassel caught Lamarr several blocks away as Lamarr was trying to climb over a fence to avoid capture. Lamarr struggled with the officer and was eventually taken into custody.  During the pursuit and consequent struggle; Lamarr attempted to reach into his waistband. Officers found a knife hidden in the waist band that clearly posed a threat to arresting officers.

As officers continued their investigation, Lamarr was exhibiting signs of intoxication. A small baggie of methamphetamine and a handgun was located inside the stolen car. Lamarr was arrested for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth) and 1st degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Lamarr was also charged with Failure to Obey a Police Officer, Driving While Under the Influence and 3rd degree Driving While License Suspended.

Once at the Spokane County Jail, Lamarr told officers that he had swallowed drugs.  Based on that admission and his erratic behavior, Lamarr was transported to Deaconess Medical Center for an evaluation. Medical personnel determined Lamarr needed to be admitted for observation.

Since Lamarr was in custody, Spokane Police officers bear the responsibility of guarding Lamarr until he is released and deemed healthy enough to be booked into jail. Patrol officers have spent the past 36 hours guarding Lamarr; typically serving four hour shifts. Some officers were on overtime status, due to patrol staffing shortages. While it is a financial burden to the taxpayers in the City of Spokane; the dangers of releasing Lamarr back into the community is a greater concern. 

At the time of this release, Lamarr is expected to be released from the hospital within the hour and booked into SCJ on the above charges.

 

 

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