Kids found in car after pursuit

Report: Fleeing suspect told children they would go with police

Police are searching for a man who led officers on a high speed chase with two children in the car.

The chase began just before 1 p.m. Wednesday near State Road 135 and Fairview Road when an officer saw a vehicle that disregarded a stop sign and tried to do a traffic stop.

The chase ended about a half-mile away, with the driver running and the officer finding two crying children that had been in the vehicle during the chase, according to the Greenwood Police Department report.

The children, ages 4 and 7, told police that their father, who had been driving the vehicle, said they would go with the police and he might be going to jail, the report said.

Police found the man in a nearby neighborhood shortly after, but he again ran away. They continued to search for him Wednesday night.

The children also told police that their mother had been in the car and she and their father had been fighting at a restaurant off State Road 135 when she fell out of the car. It was unclear where the mother was on Wednesday night. At one point, someone reported the car as stolen with children in the car, according to police reports. Another driver reported their vehicle was damaged when it was struck by the car speeding out of the restaurant.

Both children were not hurt but were crying and frightened, the report said. An officer took the children and the Indiana Department of Child Services was contacted, the report said.

The pursuit had headed west along Fairview Road, ending after turning into a day care property and continuing down a dirt drive until the vehicle could go no further because of standing water, the report said.

After getting out of the vehicle, the driver ran across a nearby creek using fallen tree limbs and shrubs to cross, the report said.

He ran into the nearby Carefree neighborhood, and a sheriff’s deputy saw him shortly after riding a bicycle. The man ran again and police searched for him, but did not find him, the report said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.