Kennewick police are looking for a man who stole a car early Tuesday, then led officers throughout the Tri-Cities on a high-speed chase.
The man stole a 1996 Honda Accord in Kennewick and was spotted about 1 a.m. by Richland officers driving near Interstate 182 and Queensgate Drive. The driver then sped off.
The driver came from west I-182, then went on Interstate 82 back toward Kennewick, said Sgt. Bob Brockman of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies set up spike strips to puncture his tires on I-82. He then turned off to Highway 397 toward Finley, Brockman said. The driver continued toward East Bowles Road from South Finley Road when his car tires were spiked a second time.
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Then, Pasco Officer Ronald Seltun used a maneuver that tapped the back of the Honda and forced it to stop near Perkins Road, said Pasco police Sgt. Scott Warren.
“You don’t hit them, you just make slight contact,” Warren said. “It causes the fleeing vehicle to spin out.”
But the driver jumped from the car and disappeared into a field and has yet to be arrested.
Brockman described the suspect as a tall, skinny black man, with a dark shirt and shorts.
Anyone with more information on the driver is asked to call Kennewick police at 509-628-0333.