Driver leads deputy on chase with child in car

The child was in the back seat when the driver took off during a traffic stop
February 19, 2014 2:49:32 PM PST
A child was an unwitting participant in a chase that began over a seat belt.

At around 1:30pm, a Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy tried to perform a traffic stop for failure to wear a seat belt. The driver pulled over, and when the deputy approached the car he reportedly smelled marijuana. Instead of getting out of the car, authorities say the driver then took off, with a female passenger and a young child in the back seat.

"They stopped, gave him their information, looked around. The deputy smelled burnt marijuana in the vehicle, asked the driver to step out of the car and the driver took off," said Sgt. GA Rodgers with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy was unaware of the passengers in the back seat, due to the car's tinted windows, and pursued the driver.

After a minor collision, the suspect jumped out of the car and ran off on foot along Champions Plaza near FM 1960, dashing into a nearby apartment complex. Authorities continue to search for that driver. The passenger was soon spotted walking on FM 1960 with her daughter, who appeared to be about three or four years old.

Both the suspect and passenger reportedly have outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Authorities say there was less than two ounces of pot found in the car.

The child, who was unhurt, was handed off to a relative.

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