He showed up for jail and left just as quickly.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says it is unable to book one of its own, detention officer Adam Stoddard, into jail tonight because of a supposed clerical error.
Stoddard apparently surrendered to the custody of his own agency in the past hour, but according to his attorney, the sheriff’s office told him it could not book him because of some sort of error with the paperwork from the judge who sent him there.
“The judge screwed up the order of confinement,” said deputy county attorney Tom Liddy.
Liddy said the error was no fault of Stoddard or the sheriff’s office.
“He did self surrender,” the attorney said. “He is in compliance with the order.”
Stoddard was directed to jail after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe found him in contempt of court for a bizarre October incident in which he was caught on a courthouse security video slipping a confidential document from the file of a defense attorney.
Donahoe gave Stoddard the chance to avoid going to jail by apologizing to the defense attorney, but Stoddard has defied the judge and refused to say he’s sorry.
Liddy said he was unclear what exactly the problem was tonight with the booking process, but he said it had something to do with the booking number.
Stoddard’s attorney said he would go to the judge “as soon as the court opens its doors” in the morning to get the problem worked out so he can report for jail tomorow.