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Police looking for man who drove down sidewalks in Bay City

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(07/09/12) - The Bay City Fireworks Festival ended with a big bang Saturday night, when the driver of a car decided he wasn't going to wait for slow moving traffic.

As one might imagine, it took a while for many people to drive home because of all the traffic after the fireworks show.

At least one driver apparently became impatient, and started driving on the sidewalks on the west side of the city.

Police and witnesses say it's amazing that there weren't more serious injuries after the driver took to the sidewalks to beat the post fireworks traffic.

After the booms of the fireworks, some people on Bay City's west side started hearing other noises.

"Heard some screeching down there," said witness Chris Willett.

The screeching was coming from the tires of a car, and Willett says the car wasn't on the road - it was on the sidewalk.

"Next thing you know, you see the car go through the parking lot. I was holding my baby right there," Willett said.

Amanda Filcek was on Catherine Street when the commotion started.

"We are just sitting out front and then all of a sudden you see this car coming down the sidewalk, and everybody yelling and screaming," she said.

Filcek says her uncle was hit by the car, but he was able to rip the license plate off.

She says people were running, jumping and pulling other people out of the way as the Malibu went down the sidewalks, at estimated speeds between 30 and 40 miles per hour.

One witness told us the car drove between a tree and a porch.

"Hits every car going that way, people are running after him, yelling and screaming, it was just a mess," Filcek said.

The car eventually came to a stop when it hit a power pole on Henry Street. People chased the man as he got out of the car, but they lost track of him in the crowd of people.

"The subject got frustrated with not being able to get home fast enough," said Gordy Cameron of the Bay City Police.

Cameron says the car wasn't the only thing the man left at the scene. "A woman and a child in the car, he left them stranded."

Police are still looking for the sidewalk driver.

"Felonious assault, he's trying to run someone over with a vehicle, hit and run, he also hit seven different vehicles," Cameron said.

Police say the man they are looking for is from Saginaw.

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