October 10, 1996 in Washington Voices

Deputies Arrest Suspect After Seeing Car In Driveway

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A man believed to have eluded sheriff’s deputies three times was arrested early Sunday at his home.

Travis Roy Thordarson, 20, was booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony eluding and six outstanding warrants.

Deputies noticed Thordarson’s black Mazda RX-7 parked in the driveway in front of his home at 10004 E. 14th about 6:30 a.m.

A deputy who previously had been involved in chasing the car was able to identify Thordarson as the suspect and arrest him without incident, said Lt. David Wiyrick.

It was unclear if additional eluding charges would be filed against Thordarson, who allegedly ran from deputies on Oct. 2 and on another unknown date, Wiyrick said.

The most recent chase began Saturday about 10:15 p.m. Deputies, who recognized the RX-7 as one involved in previous eluding incidents, began following the car as it left a house at 8317 E. Knox. When they tried to stop the sports car, the driver sped away, Wiyrick said.

“(The deputy) was already aware there had been two other eluding incidents involving this car,” Wiyrick said.

Deputies gave chase and speeds reached 70 mph on Argonne Road, Wiyrick said. The car ran several stop signs and red lights, Wiyrick said.

The pursuit lasted about three minutes before Thordarson maneuvered the sports car through a series of tight turns and escaped near Boone and Farr, Wiyrick said.

Deputies searched the area for the car, but did not find it.

Robbery attempt thwarted

Deputies are looking for a man who demanded a prescription drug Friday evening during a robbery attempt. Deputies said the man walked into the Rosauers, 10920 E. Sprague, about 6:30 p.m. carrying a bag in his left hand and right hand thrust in his coat pocket.

He then demanded the pharmacist give him an undisclosed drug, Wiyrick said. An argument ensued, and the pharmacist pushed a button which activates a silent alarm and summons deputies. The man left the store without the drug when the pharmacist told him he set off the alarm, deputies said.

The suspect was described as white, in his 30s, and wearing a blue jean jacket and gray sweat shirt underneath. He had facial hair on his chin, a high forehead, black hair and was balding on top.

, DataTimes

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