Man suspected of stealing car backs into McDonald’s trying to flee the scene

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — A man was arrested after he allegedly stole someone’s car and tried to run away after backing into a McDonald’s.

On Saturday, deputies from the Spokane Valley Police Department responded to the scene of a reported stolen vehicle in the parking lot of McDonald’s on South Havana Street. The victim of the theft, who originally reported that their vehicle was stolen two days before, said she found her stolen car, advising that it was backed into a parking stall of the McDonald’s with a white man inside.

Deputies found the car and surrounded it to avoid it from escaping. The suspect, 35-year-old Shawn T. Marquette, put the car in reverse, backed the car over the curb, and ran it into a wall.

Marquette then jumped out of the car and began running away. One of the deputies caught up to him and took him to the ground after he ran into a wooden fence.

Police say the suspect also stole a backpack with the victim’s wallet and a key for the car.

A McDonald’s employee estimated there was about $10,000-$15,000 worth of damage.

Marquette was taken and booked into the Spokane County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, hit and run property damage and obstructing law enforcement.

He was previously arrested in August after he was found sleeping in the driver’s seat of another stolen vehicle near the Fred Meyer on Thor. Spokane Police Officers charged him with possession of a stolen vehicle and making/possessing burglary tools. He was released the next day.

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