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Sunday, February 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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After wild police chase and nearly eluding police, suspect found day later hitching a ride

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 11:10 p.m.

A man who fled from and escaped Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies in his car Thursday night was found and arrested Friday morning.

The suspect, Bjorn M. Manycolors, was driving a Kia with three passengers on Thursday when he failed to turn on his blinker before turning, according to a news release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy pulled over Manycolors in a parking lot, and when approached by a deputy, the man sped off, the release said.

Manycolors led deputies on a pursuit north on Division Street. He avoided being spun out by a PIT maneuver, the release said, and evaded spike strips.

He turned into a Fred Meyer parking lot and sped to the front of the store, as the car’s rear bumper scraped the ground.

A bystander happened to be filming mere feet away, as Manycolors came to a screeching halt in the car and ran directly past him and inside Fred Meyer.

The news release stated deputies then “ran through the store toward the back where a shopper advised Manycolors ran out through an emergency exit, into the tree line and out of sight.”

Sheriff’s deputies, Spokane police officers, Washington State Patrol troopers, K-9 units and a helicopter searched for Manycolors but could not find him.

The passengers remained in the car. Two were released from the scene and one was arrested for an unrelated active misdemeanor warrant.

By 7:45 a.m. Friday, at a house near Regina Avenue and Division Street, a woman saw a man “leaving her garage” and called police.

A deputy responded to the area and spotted Manycolors in the back of a car, stopped at an intersection. The deputy pulled over the car and asked the driver if she knew the man in the back. She replied no and said she had picked him up for a ride.

Manycolors was then arrested. He faces charges for allegedly attempting to elude police, three counts of reckless endangerment and driving with a suspended license.

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