A “visibly drunk” man got into a parked vehicle with the engine on over the weekend – and with three boys inside – and then led police on a high-speed chase when the children called 911 to provide location updates, authorities said.
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police said WHP TV The suspect – 44-year-old Jason Harris – allegedly stole the vehicle from a Walmart parking lot in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Sunday.
He did so after the boys’ father got out of the vehicle to go to Walmart The Kansas City Star reported.
Police told WHP that Harris was driving the stolen vehicle at high speed and the children inside were begging him to slow down.
state troops said WHTM TV The children also called 911 from the vehicle and told them where they were going. WHP said the information helped soldiers determine the vehicle’s location.
One of the kidnapped boys told 911 he was in a vehicle with a driver “whom he believed was intoxicated,” state police said in an affidavit, adding that soldiers trying to catch up were also involved, according to the Star traveling at speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour.
At one point, the driver hit a curb and caused “considerable damage,” the newspaper said, adding that soldiers soon caught up with the vehicle and locked it in.
“I opened the door and verbally ordered him to get out,” one of the officers wrote in the affidavit, the Star reported. “As he did, the vehicle continued to roll forward until he parked it.”
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The driver, who was “visibly drunk,” was handcuffed, authorities said. Soldiers observed “his breath smelled strongly of alcohol … as well as glassy, bloodshot eyes.”
Authorities said they asked him how drunk he was, and he replied, “Really drunk, I’ve been drinking a lot, man.”
The driver admitted he stole the vehicle because he ran out of gas and had to go to Harrisburg, about 40 miles northeast of Gettysburg, according to court records. According to the records, he said he was on his way there to buy heroin.
The driver said he heard children in the vehicle but continued driving anyway, authorities told the star. The three children in the back seat were unharmed, WHP reported.
Harris was charged with three counts of kidnapping a minor, endangering the welfare of children, fleeing or attempting to evade officers, DUI/unsafe driving and other traffic offenses, WHTM said, adding that he was sent to the Adams County Jail after he was unable to post $50,000 bail.
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