(DETROIT) — A Detroit man caught driving a stolen car while babysitting a 21-month-old infant led cops on a high-speed chase, crashed the vehicle and then fled on foot with the baby, which he handed to a woman bystander before police caught him.
Vilary Reed, 23, was driving a stolen Ford Crown Victoria on Detroit’s 8 Mile Road when he was stopped by police shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday. Though initially he stopped and complied with officers, he decided at the last moment to take off in the car, leading cops through the side streets of the city with the tot in tow, according to a police report.
“Reed ran through stop signs, sped, and lost control and crashed at Pennington and Pembroke,” police said in a report. “When Reed emerged from the car, he was carrying a 21-month-old baby boy in his arms. Reed ran from police while carrying the baby.”
As Reed darted from the enclosing officers, he must have decided that the baby was slowing him down. So, he handed the baby to a woman who was standing in her yard, then ran on.
“He handed her the baby. The baby was crying. He just told her to hide me! Hide me!” John Abner, the husband of the woman to whom he handed the baby, told ABC News’ Detroit affiliate WXYZ-TV.
Officers were soon able to apprehend Reed following a chase through several other yards.
After Reed was captured, the baby was examined by Ferndale Fire Department paramedics and finally returned to his mother. The baby is the son of the suspect’s live-in girlfriend, and he’s now back with his mother while Child Protective Services is investigating the incident, WXYZ reported.
Reed is a parolee, previously convicted of fleeing and eluding police. He also has previous convictions for receiving and concealing stolen vehicles, according to police.
The case had now been turned over to the prosecutor’s office for a determination of charges, police said.
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