Police say dad abandoned toddler in moving car after 100 mph chase

02/18/2013 8:13 AM

05/16/2014 9:11 PM

A father who led police on a 100 mph chase through Grandview abandoned his 2-year-old son in a moving car unrestrained, police said.

Police said they spotted the red 2003 Dodge Stratus speeding south on the West Frontage Road south of Blue Ridge Boulevard about 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

When the officer attempted to stop the car, the driver took the ramp to southbound Interstate 49 and accelerated to more than 100 mph.

The driver exited at East 140th Street and continued speeding down the Frontage Road. Police said they stopped chasing the car when it ran a red light at 140th Street.

The officer found the red Dodge Stratus still rolling in the 14400 block of the Frontage Road.

The car rolled to a stop and the officer found the 2-year-old boy inside. The toddler was not in a car seat and was unrestrained, police said.

Kansas City police helped Grandview officers search for the driver.

Police said they found the toddler’s father hiding in waist-deep water of a nearby creek. Police said they believe he was under the influence of drugs, and he was taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia.

The child was turned over to the Missouri Division of Family Services.

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