Police Incident Reports

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Incident Report for Case #2014-37569

Incident Type

Traffic Incident

Incident Date

02/05/2014 - 3:34 PM

Address

Adderbury Circle

Suspect(s)

Male, early 30's, dark complexion, 6'2", wearing a gray sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

Details

What should have been a routine traffic stop was anything but that as a suspect bailed out of a moving SUV Wednesday afternoon. It rolled at five to 10 mph into a snow bank and tree before coming to a stop on Adderbury Circle. An officer, who had been trying to stop the Ford Explorer, could see the fleeing suspect grabbing at a black object, tucked in the waistband of his sweatpants.

She never got the chance to engage him in a foot chase, for as she got near the SUV's heavily tinted rear windows, she could see a pair of rounded shapes in the backseat. She opened a door and found they were the heads of two young boys, both of whom appeared to be just three of four years old. They were not crying, but were definitely in shock. Both were in safety seats, but the seats were not harnessed or buckled to the vehicle. Fortunately neither child had been injured.

The officer called for backup, and with the help of MPD K9 Boris the suspect was tracked to a residence on Waltham Rd. Officers knocked, and a woman said a very distraught man had come to the door a short time ago. He said he had run out of gas, that he had left some kids in a car, and that he needed a ride. The woman's husband gave him one, dropping him off somewhere on Hammersley Rd.

Back at the crash scene, the children's mother arrived with more information. She said the man driving her SUV was her boyfriend of the past couple of months. It's not clear why he ran. The officer was pulling him over for not having a front license plate. He has not been located, and the MPD will continue to look for him.

In this case, a possible quick apprehension took a back seat to the well-being of two young boys.
 

Released 02/06/2014 at 11:08 AM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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