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Felon arrested after fleeing courtroom

Thu., April 22, 2010

A felon returned to jail Wednesday after fleeing a courtroom and falling in front of the Spokane County Elections Office.

Cole T. Monson, 36, ran from Spokane County District Court Judge Debra Hayes’ courtroom after Hayes revoked his bond on a driving while suspended charge and ordered him jailed, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Monson shoved a judicial assistant then ran from the courtroom and out the Public Safety Building as a deputy chased him, the Sheriff’s Office said. Monson fell as he jumped down a short stairwell, then was handcuffed and returned to court by police.

Monson faces new charges of felony third-degree assault and misdemeanor first-degree escape. The longtime felon was arrested in a large stolen property and fuel theft investigation in March.

Monson may face charges for as many as 120 crimes, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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