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Mount Pleasant police say a 32-year-old man is facing felony charges after he took a car for a test drive and then left it in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy.

Raymond Prideaux, of Kenosha, was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and two felony counts of bail jumping. If convicted, he faces up to 15-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $30,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police at 7:02 p.m. June 14 were called to Palmen Dodge, 8320 Washington Avenue, for a report of a stolen car. When officers arrived, employees told them that Prideaux visited the dealership earlier that day to test drive a white Buick Regal. After going out with one of the sales staff for the test drive, Prideaux asked if he could keep the car for an hour to 90 minutes so he could drive to Kenosha to show his dad.

Police say Prideaux never returned the car as promised and the license plate number the dealership provided was officially listed as stolen. Around 10:45 p.m. that same day, Racine police officers spotted the car in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy, 3915 Durand Avenue.

When officers caught up to Prideaux at the Racine County Jail, the complaint reads, he admitted to driving the car but said it ran out of gas so he left it at CVS with the keys inside. He also said he tried to call the dealership at 9 p.m. to tell them about the car running out of gas.

Prideaux remains in the Racine County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond. He will next be in court July 7 for his preliminary hearing.