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Police seek Kingsport man connected to car chase, car thefts

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Ralph Andrew McClellan (Source: Kingsport Police Department) Ralph Andrew McClellan (Source: Kingsport Police Department)
The car is said to be a silver 2012 Nissan Versa with 4 doors. The car had a Papa John's delivery affixed on the top and a Tennessee license plate labeled with the following: F4534T (This is not the actual car.) The car is said to be a silver 2012 Nissan Versa with 4 doors. The car had a Papa John's delivery affixed on the top and a Tennessee license plate labeled with the following: F4534T (This is not the actual car.)
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KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) -

The Kingsport Police Department says it needs the public's help finding a car theft suspect who led officers on a high speed chase. 

The chase happened early Monday morning around 3:00 a.m. after patrol officers were dispatched to Model City Motel on Memorial Boulevard. The caller told police an SUV was suspiciously circling the parking lot. When an officer arrived, the 2004 Silver GMC Envoy quickly left the parking lot. When the officer tried to make a traffic stop, the driver accelerated. The SUV stopped in creek in a wooded area off Orebank Road, but the suspect – later identified as Ralph Andrew McClellan – ran away. The SUV had been reported stolen in Sullivan County.

Later that night around 10:15 p.m., officers were called to check on a report of a stolen car at Papa John's on Fort Henry Drive. An employee there said a suspect had been suspiciously walking in the parking lot for several minutes before stopping in for something to drink. When the suspect, later identified as McClellan, exited the restaurant – he got into the employee's car and drove away. The car is said to be a silver 2012 Nissan Versa with 4 doors. The car had a Papa John's delivery affixed on the top and a Tennessee license plate labeled with the following: F4534T

Police say McClellan, of Kingsport, is facing several charges including theft over $10,000, felony evading arrest, felony reckless endangerment, possession of stolen property, speeding, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a revoked license, driving left of center.

He is described as a white man who is also known by the name "Stump". He is said to be 32 years of age, around 5'1" and 135 pounds. He has brown hair, but it is short, thinning and balding.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of McClellan or the stolen car, please call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

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