Search continues for armed man wanted for theft

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The 42-year-old man who evaded a police manhunt is wanted on a felony warrant for first-degree theft out of Columbia County and is the subject of a Washington State Patrol investigation.

Longview police say Derek Nelson Kelley is armed and has made comments that he’s not going to go to prison.

The Longview Daily News reports that Columbia County law enforcement and Washington State Patrol were looking for Kelley when Cowlitz 911 dispatchers received a report that he was driving on Industrial Way toward Washington Way.

Officers tried to stop Kelley’s vehicle, but he took off at high speed into the oncoming lane of travel, and officers broke off the chase.

State troopers spotted the vehicle later and pursued it to the alley, but he got away.