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Hoopfest escapee arrested in car theft

An inmate who escaped from a Hoopfest work crew is back in jail after police say he tried to steal a car.

Gary J. Todd, 29, was arrested Monday after a homeowner in the 3700 block of E. 13th Ave. found Todd trying to steal his 2004 Chevy Cavalier, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Todd fled on a black BMX bike but was arrested in the 300 block of South Lacey about 20 minutes later after someone reported a man “saying he had escaped from Geiger and was running form the police.”

Police had been looking for Todd since June 28, when he never returned from a bathroom break while working with an inmate crew at Hoopfest.

A guard found his discarded jumpsuit and goggles inside the portable toilet. Geiger officials believe the escape was planned because Todd apparently had a change of clothes waiting for him.

Todd was to be released Oct. 11 on a drunken driving charge but faces a new felony charge of attempt theft of a motor vehicle. He appeared in Superior Court on that charge Wednesday, where his bond was set at $7,500.

DUI inmate who fled Hoopfest still missing

An inmate serving time for a drunken driving conviction still is at large after walking away from a Hoopfest work crew Friday night.

Gary J. Todd, 29, hasn’t been seen since he asked to use a portable toilet near the INB Performing Arts Cente after his crew finished setting up equipment about 11:30 p.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

A guard found his discarded jumpsuit and goggles inside the portable. Geiger officials believe the escape was planned because Todd apparently had a change of clothes waiting for him.

Todd is not considered a threat to the community, but anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call 911.

Geiger sent five crews to help set up for Hoopfest in downtown. A Hoopfest official said crews are carefully screened before being assigned to work at the event.

Todd was to be released Oct. 11. He has a history of drunken driving convictions, including a conviction for operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock.

Deputies get quota for Hoopfest DUI patrols

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies have been asked to contact at least three motorists per hour this weekend as part of extra impaired driving patrols.

The emphasis is part of a Hoopfest patrol effort that began Friday and includes aircraft.

A Washington State Patrol Cessna plane will be above the city today and Sunday to catch impaired reckless drivers.

When the plane isn’t up, the sheriff’s helicopter will be.

“Air One will be used for vehicle pursuits and searches, should the need arise, and will be available for call-out throughout the Hoopfest event,” according to a news release.

The sheriff’s office has scheduled extra patrols for impaired drivers and boaters deputies have been asked “to make at least three motorist contacts per hour and to have a zero tolerance for impaired drivers.” 

The marine unit will have two teams patroling county waterways today and Sunday.

Sgt. Dave Reagan said the sheriff’s helicopter typically is out on the weekend but this likely is the first Hoopfest in which it has worked with the WSP plane.

Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament in the country, begins Saturday.

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