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Man who ran from deputies busted due to 'Cops' theme ringtone

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A man who ran from police in a car and on foot was arrested after he tried to hide in a nearby sports bar and tried to blend in with the crowd. 

It happened on July 14 at around 11:30 p.m. That's when Spokane Valley deputy Andrew Richmond spotted a Volkswagen spin its tires and speed off from a traffic light on Sullivan and Broaway. The driver, later identified as 28-year-old Sean M. Kelley, sped up to over 70 mph, even though Deputy Richmond was behind him with his lights and sirens activated.

Kelley tried to evade the deputy by turning into a parking lot in the 200 block of N. Sullivan and quickly sped up again. Kelley drove around the Sullivan Scoreboard bar to a gravel parking lot, rapidly accelerated again and turned off all his lights. Kelley parked the car and jumped out. Deputy Richmond pulled up and got out of his patrol car. Kelley looked directly at the deputy, who ordered him to stop. He didn't, turned around and ran into the business.

Deputy Richmond chased Kelley through the bar, but briefly lost sight of him when he ran out onto a large patio area and into a crowd of about 50 people. A few minutes later, a man approached Deputy Richmond and told him Kelley was sitting at a table on the west end of the patio. Richmond immediately recognized Kelley, even though he had removed his shirt and hat in an attempt to change his appearance. 

Kelley was arrested without further incident, placed in the back of a patrol car and read his rights. Kelley denied running from the deputy and said he had been at the bar for "hours." During the interview Kelley provided his name, address and other information including his cell phone number. A check of Kelley's name revealed he had an active misdemeanor warrant for his arrest and that Kelley's license was suspended.

During a search of Kelley, his cell phone wasn't found. With Kelley still denying he tried to run, Richmond decided to call the cell phone number Kelley gave him. He walked over o the vehicle Kelley was driving and Deputy Richmond could clearly hear the well-known theme song of the Cops TV show coming from Kelley's phone, which was sitting in the driver's seat.

Kelley was booked into the Spokane County Jail for attempted to elude, obstructing, and driving with a suspended license in addition to his warrant.

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