Man arrested after fleeing: Father who left kids with officers faces multiple charges

A father who fled from police with his two children in the car has been found and arrested.

Joseph L. McKenney, 26, Indianapolis, was arrested on multiple charges, including domestic battery, criminal recklessness, criminal confinement, neglect of a dependent, theft, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while suspended and two counts of resisting an officer.

McKenney fled from police during a pursuit that started near State Road 135 and Fairview Road on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

After a half-mile chase, police found McKenney’s two children, ages 4 and 7, had been in the car during the pursuit. The children’s mother had fallen out of the car right before the pursuit began when she tried to get away from McKenney and he sped off, according to police reports.

After stopping the car, McKenney told his children they would be going with the police and he might be going to jail. He then ran, crossed a creek and went into the nearby Carefree neighborhood.

A sheriff’s deputy spotted McKenney riding a bike in the neighborhood, but McKenney ran again.

Police had been searching for McKenney since then.

McKenney, 1518 Kennington St., was arrested just after midnight Friday and was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was held on $11,400 bond.

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