Father accused in police chase shocker

Authorities find a baby on board
January 15, 2008 8:43:45 PM PST
A chase that began in Hempstead and ended suddenly in nearby Roosevelt Tuesday night took a shocking turn when authorities saw who the driver had in the car with him.Eyewitness News reporter Lucy Yang is at police headquarters in Mineola.

They brought the driver here to be tested for drugs and alcohol. Police say he had no right to be driving the way he was, let alone I'm told driving with a baby in tow.

Police say when the 27-year-old man finally crashed his car, he jumped out and made one last effort to escape on foot leaving his frightened two year old son alone in the back seat to fend for himself on this cold, harsh night.

The wild change began in Hempstead at 6:00 p.m. when a police officer reportedly noticed a Nissan driving recklessly along Washington Street. Instead of pulling over, authorities report the driver sped off and hit three cars before plowing into a fourth, forced to a stop in Roosevelt.

Still not ready to surrender, we're told he made a desperate run for it only to be surrounded by police in seconds.

Once authorities had the driver in custody, they made the shocking discovery that a toddler had been dragged into this nightmare, strapped into a car seat in the back. Thankfully, he was not injured.

The driver will be charged with reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, and driving under the influence. Authorities are trying to find out now if that means under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both.