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Man throws baby at police during chase

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Indian River County Sheriff’s Office

Authorities are reporting that an Indian River County man allegedly threw his 2-month-old son at an officer as officers were closing in on him during a chase.

The incident occurred on May 26th around 6:30 p.m.

Officials say they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on 32-year-old John Henry James III after they noticed his vehicle swerving in and out of several lanes.

Instead of halting for officers, James III lead police on a vehicle chase through Indian River County.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office deployed their helicopter to track James III by air as other officers continued to follow in various vehicles.

During the chase, James III stopped in front of a home on 47th Street but then took off again.

A deputy attempted a PIT maneuver, however, it failed to stop the vehicle.  James III eventually crashed into a unmarked police vehicle near Taylor Point Apartment Complex and then got out of the vehicle and began running through the breezeway while carrying a small child in his arms.

He then tossed the child at police and continued to flee.

Eventually authorities caught up with him and took him into custody.

The child was uninjured.

James III is currently facing multiple counts of aggravated child abuse, reckless driving, resisting arrest with violence, aggravated battery on an officer, and fleeing and eluding.

He was also for failure to drive within a single lane.