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Escaped inmate arrested

A jail inmate who escaped from a work crew was arrested Thursday in the South Perry neighborhood.

Jason W. Breedlove, 37, was allowed out of Geiger Corrections Center with a work crew despite a recent recommendation from booking officials that he be placed in a more secure facility, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. He walked away from snow cleanup on Dec. 1.

Anonymous tips led police to the 900 block of East 10th Avenue on Thursday, where officers spotted him through a house window, according to a news release from the Spokane Police Department.

Breedlove cooperated with police commands and was booked into jail on a local warrant and a felony warrant in Kootenai County.

The home’s primary renter, Arthur Garcia, 51, was jailed on $500 bond for second-degree rendering criminal assistance, a misdemeanor.

Police say Garcia had earlier agreed to call 911 if Breedlove showed up, and was in the backyard when officers found Breedlove.

Garcia said he remembered the earlier agreement “but did not respond as to why he let Breedlove back into the house,” according to a news release.

Breedlove was being held at Geiger on a 1999 warrant related to a misdemeanor conviction for driving under the influence, but Idaho officials contacted jail staff on Nov. 30 and said Breedlove had a new felony warrant in Idaho, Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

Breedlove is charged with several property crimes in Kootenai County, including a car prowling at Capone’s Pub and Grill last summer, according to court records.

He was allowed to leave Kootenai County Jail pending trial but failed to show up for court-ordered drug tests on Nov. 7 and Nov. 9, records show.

A Spokane County Jail employee completed documentation prohibiting Breedlove from being released before the Idaho warrant was resolved and advised a classification deputy “that he should be returned to the more secure jail,” according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Instead, he left Geiger with the work crew.

Jail administrators have launched an investigation, Reagan said.



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