The Star - News, views and advertising of the Grand Coulee Dam Area

Coulee Medical Center ER and Walk-In Care

Business owner surrenders after alleged assault on police


A former Electric City man and owner of local exercise facility, Body by Dam, reportedly turned himself in at the Grant County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday after charges were filed alleging he assaulted local police last April.

He had been listed as a fugitive and had disappeared, along with his 7-year-old daughter, after charges were filed against him for alleged assault on three Grand Coulee police officers.

Grant County authorities asserted that Lyle A. Floyd, 47, had been having some mental health issues and had made threats against law enforcement officers.

Floyd, who currently lives in Nine Mile Falls, voluntarily turned himself in, and his daughter is reportedly safe and unharmed.

The three counts of assault of police officers stem from an encounter last April, after police say it was reported that a black Toyota pickup was seen speeding down the Wilbur hill on SR-174 at an estimated 100 mph just after 9 p.m.

Three officers — Sgt. Gary Moore, and officers Joe Higgs and Adam Florenzen — were waiting for the pickup at the edge of town. But when Floyd came into town at a legal speed and saw the officers, it was alleged, he sped up and then was stopped by police.

Police say that Floyd at that point refused to cooperate and tried to drive off. When officers tried to force him out of his pickup, Floyd at one point pinned Moore’s wrist until he was tasered by Higgs, police reported. It had no effect, their report stated, and Floyd lifted Florenzen off the ground with one arm and threatened to turn Higgs’ own taser on him. Floyd was tasered twice more.

His struggle pitted him against all three police officers before he was finally restrained, they reported.

Floyd told The Star last spring that police had tasered him while he was still in his seat belt.

He was taken to Grant County jail, but was released until felony assault charges were filed by Grant County prosecutors recently, and Floyd temporarily fled with his daughter.

Stevens County and Spokane County law enforcement officials had issued statements that Floyd was being sought on the assault charges. He is not listed as an inmate in the county jail.

You might be interested in:

Reader Comments