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Police say he stole a car from a Kennewick dealership, and days later he fled from them in it

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Kennewick police are still looking for a man who was seen driving around days later in a car he allegedly stole from a local auto dealership.

Investigators say they believe Michael Sparks took a 2016 Nissan Altima from a dealership on May 15. When officers spotted it around 2 p.m. four days later near Fourth Avenue and Morain Street, they tried to stop the driver.

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He allegedly refused to pull over, and led police on a short chase where he reached speeds of 75 mph.

Sparks also has been tied to a pair of shoplifting cases in the past few days, Kennewick Officer Cory McGee said.

He also got into another short chase with Kennewick officers Friday afternoon, according to dispatch reports.

He is now wanted for auto theft, eluding, theft, and has several warrants for his arrest.

Police are asking anyone with information to call dispatch at 509-628-0333.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.

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