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Posted on Mar 20, 2015

Spray-painting a stolen car leads to six arrests after a foot pursuit

TRINDAD — Six people are in custody — one cold and wet from swimming in the Columbia River — after a group of people were seen spray-painting a car in the rest area parking lot west of Quincy along Highway 28 today.

The car turned out to be stolen in Spokane, said officials, who speculated that the suspects were trying to paint the car a different color.

The incident began about noon when someone at the rest stop reported to Grant County officials that people were spray-painting a car. A State Patrol trooper located the car not far from the state weigh station in Douglas County along Highway 28, said Trooper Darren Wright. Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said the occupants must have seen the trooper, who had not yet activated his lights, and turned off on Sunrise Lane near the Palisades Road intersection.

Six people jumped out of the car and ran toward the river, Gjesdal said. The trooper and two Douglas County sheriff’s deputies chased them on foot and caught five of the suspects. The sixth ran into the river.

The man realized the river was cold and swam back to shore and was taken into custody,” Gjesdal said.

A Chelan County helicopter, which was involved with training near Saddle Rock at the time, transported the hypothermic man to an area near Rock Island Dam, where he and a deputy met an ambulance that took them to Central Washington Hospital.

The suspects are three women and three men, Gjesdal said. Some of them had warrants for their arrest. He did not know charges but said one or more of the suspects would probably be charged with being in possession of a stolen vehicle.


— By Dee Riggs, Wenatchee World