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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Man in car dealership theft trying to escape zombies

A man accused of breaking into a Buick dealership to steal a car reportedly did it so he could take his mother to Montana to escape the zombie apocalypse. Tyler A. Goodman, 25, was arrested in front of Becker Buick at 636 E. Sprague just after midnight today in a Chevy Impala that he allegedly drove through a closed garage door. Goodman reportedly told police that he needed an all-wheel drive car and broke a window with a rock to gain entry to the dealership, according to court documents. The Impala had the keys in the ignition and he drove it through the door. A woman who identified herself as Goodman’s mother spoke during Goodman’s court appearance Thursday afternoon. She said Goodman had called her and told her that he was being chased by zombies and that he would do whatever it took to save her. She called 911 to report that her son needed to be picked up by police and taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center for a mental evaluation. Officers were in the area of the dealership looking for Goodman when one officer heard a squeal of tires and saw the car drive through the closed garage door, according to court documents. He blocked the Impala with his patrol car, preventing Goodman from driving away. Goodman reportedly had a spring loaded folding knife in his pocket, according to court documents. Damage to the dealership is estimated at $14,000. Goodman is being held in the Spokane County Jail on $6,000 bond. He is facing charges of first-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and first-degree malicious mischief. His local criminal history includes convictions for domestic violence assault and driving under the influence.