Driver flees State Police on I-64, hits townhouse, tosses 3-year-old over fence

A man who was caught speeding Saturday afternoon on Interstate 64 in Virginia Beach tried to elude police with an unrestrained 3-year-old child in the car, struck a townhouse and then — after leaving his vehicle and running away with the child in his arms — threw the child over a fence while trying to escape, according to the Virginia State Police.

The 3-year-old suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital as a precaution and to be reunited with the mother, police said in a release.

The man who tossed the child was caught by a state trooper while trying to scale the same fence, according to the State Police. The police identified him as Devonte Jamar Johnson, 22, of Chesapeake and said he was arrested and charged with reckless driving, felony elude, two counts of child endangerment, resisting arrest, wearing no seat belt, having no child restraint and driving with a suspended license for the second time.

The State Police gave the following account of the episode:

A trooper was running radar about 2:18 p.m. on I-64 west of Indian River Road when the officer saw a 2013 Dodge Charger going 75 mph in a 55 mph zone. The trooper tried to pull over the driver and began a traffic stop off the Indian River Road exit. When the trooper approached the car, the driver sped off.

The trooper pursued the car for a short while and watched the driver try to turn onto a street at a high speed. The driver hit the curb, lost control and hit the corner of a townhouse. The townhouse was occupied at the time but no one inside was hurt.

After the car crashed into the townhouse,  the trooper ordered the driver to show his hands. Instead of doing that, the driver reached inside his vehicle and grabbed an unrestrained child and ran, according to the State Police summary. That’s when the trooper saw the man throw the child over a wooden fence.

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