Couple Leads Police on a High Speed Chase With Their Baby in Back Seat, Ending in Fiery Crash
An Arkansas couple led police on a high-speed chase with their 4-month-old baby in the back seat, police said.
In a dashcam video of the Friday chase, an officer tries to pull over the Ford Taurus after it was found to have expired tags. But Instead of stopping, the car takes off.
Police said they were unaware that the couple’s infant daughter was in the back seat when the driver sped up to more than 125 mph.
Cops initially called off the chase when they wound up too close to a school, but the vehicle was later located again and a second chase ensued, according to the report.
“There’s no way a person with any good judgment would do anything like this,” said St. Francis County Sheriff’s Deputy Eddie Adamson.
The driver, 25-year-old James Brooks, ran a stop sign and slammed into four cop cars, totaling one of them, and tried to hit an officer before the car eventually burst into flames, according to police.
Brook’s girlfriend, 23-year-old Joanie Green, was reportedly in the passenger seat.
After the crash, cops realized the baby was in the car.
“He endangered not only the people on the roadway but their own 4-month-old baby,” said Adamson.
The couple and their child were reportedly out of the car when it caught fire.
Thankfully, the baby was unharmed.
Brooks was taken into custody, while the baby and Green, who suffered a broken arm, were transferred to the hospital.
Police said the only thing saved from the burning vehicle was a metal box filled with syringes, meth and spoons.
Brooks was booked and his bond set at $100,000 and police said Green will be arrested once she is released from the hospital, according to a police report.
The baby has been taken into state custody.