A man in Memphis, Tennessee, was arrested twice on Friday after fleeing authorities after a police pursuit in which he was driving a stolen car carrying his two children and their pregnant mother.
Local police said the suspect, 27-year-old Jarvis Jones, was reportedly driving a stolen Infiniti before officers attempted to stop him, local news station WREG-TV reported, citing court documents.
Investigators with the Auto Theft Task Force have confirmed that the Infiniti was stolen after it ran over the car’s mark as the vehicle entered the Creekside Meadow Apartments complex, according to an affidavit cited by Fox 13 Memphis. Investigators had just secured two stolen vehicles at the complex.
Jones then did a U-turn and fled from the police. Officers tried to stop him as he pulled away at 70 miles per hour, moving in and out of traffic with “apparent disregard for the safety of other drivers,” Fox 13 Memphis reported.
The suspect then hit a curb, jumped out of the car, dropped a handgun on the ground and ran away, according to authorities, who added that the gun was loaded with 14 live rounds in the magazine. No details were released as to whether or not the mother and her children were injured during the persecution.
Officers were able to catch up with Jones and arrest him. The motive behind the car theft was not disclosed, but Jones told police that the “keys belong to my baby mama, the keys to the stolen car are here in my pocket,” the affidavit said.
However, according to WREG-TV, it wasn’t long before Jones managed to free himself from his handcuffs and escape again. Shortly thereafter he was caught and taken into custody.
Jones was charged with two counts of child abuse and neglect, he was a convicted felon, possession of a handgun, escape, two counts of evasion of arrest, reckless driving, theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000 and unlawful possession of a weapon, Fox 13 Memphis reports.
news week contacted the Memphis Police Department for comment.
A similar incident was reported in Virginia last October, when a woman stole a car containing the owner’s five children. The woman reportedly walked from the scene of the accident before she jumped into a passerby’s car and sped away. Police said at the time that “the five children were extremely distressed during the incident but unharmed.”
The suspect, Markell Hancox, was charged with second-degree kidnapping, theft of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. She was held on a $210,000 bond.
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