The man who has recovered dozens of stolen vehicles in Anchorage said no to a plea deal today — a deal that he was expected to accept, but which also would have put an end to his stolen car recovery habit.
Last week, it was reported that Floyd Hall had agreed to certain conditions, as he fought a reckless driving charge from August, 2017, during what police called a high-speed chase. He says he was just following a stolen car.
The 54-year-old urban folk hero and his supporters have been fighting the charges for over a year and a half, but earlier this week, he appeared to have relented to pressure.
The plea deal downgraded the charges, and the penalty was 30 days in jail with 30 days suspended, and a $1,000 fine. If he stopped chasing cars, he could avoid paying $500 of that fine.
Today, Hall said that the terms of the plea deal had changed, and although he had agreed to them by phone, he wasn’t aware that they included the clause that says he cannot have contact with thieves “directly or indirectly.”
That part bothers him because, well, there is a lot of indirect contact with thieves in the avocation he has, which by its nature involves contact with thieves.
Hall said he has agreed to other parts of the deal, such as staying 100 feet behind vehicles that he is tracking. But he doesn’t appear to be ready to simply give up being the good guy. Most of what he does doesn’t require that he chase vehicles — he and his team have other ways of tracking them down.
Meanwhile, Hall still hunts down and returns stolen vehicles to their owners in Alaska’s biggest city, where car thievery is rampant.
People send him tips, and he has developed a fan base. He’s even attracted the notice of a producer of a reality TV show.
Just this week he found a stolen truck, pictured above, and with the permission of the owner, he was able to let the air out of the rear tires to prevent the thief from moving it further. The thief ran off. The truck and its owner were reunited.
Hall accepts donations for his efforts and for his legal costs at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, account 4636977.