A Memphis, Tennessee man was twice arrested on Friday after escaping authorities following a police chase in which he was driving a stolen car that included his two children and their pregnant mother.
Local police said the suspect, Jarvis Jones, 27, was driving a stolen Infiniti before officers attempted to arrest him, local news station WREG-TV reported, citing court documents.
Auto Theft Task Force investigators were able to confirm the Infiniti was stolen after running the car tag when the vehicle entered the Creekside Meadow Apartments complex, according to an arrest affidavit cited by Fox 13 Memphis. Investigators had just recovered two stolen vehicles from the complex.
Jones then turned around and ran from the police. Officers attempted to stop him as he was traveling 70 miles per hour and smashed through traffic with “an apparent disregard for the safety of other drivers,” Fox 13 Memphis reported.
The suspect then hit a curb, jumped out of the car, dropped a handgun on the ground and fled, authorities said, who added the gun was loaded with 14 live ammunition in the magazine. No details have been released as to whether or not the mother and her children were injured during the chase.
Officers were able to catch up with Jones and detain him. The motive for the car theft was not disclosed, but Jones told police that “the keys are my baby mama’s, the keys to the stolen car here in my pocket,” according to the affidavit.
However, it wasn’t long before Jones managed to free himself from his handcuffs and escape again, according to WREG-TV. He was caught shortly after and taken into custody.
Jones was charged with two counts of child abuse and neglect, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, evasion, two counts of escape, reckless driving, of theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000 and illegal possession of a weapon, Fox 13 Memphis reported.
Newsweek contacted the Memphis Police Department for comment.
A similar incident in Virginia was reported last October when a woman stole a car containing the owner’s five children. The woman reportedly left the scene of a car accident before jumping into a passerby’s car and fleeing. Police said at the time that “all five children were extremely shaken, but uninjured during the incident.”
The suspect, Markell Hancox, has been charged with five counts of second degree kidnapping, theft of a motor vehicle and flight from the scene of the accident. She was being held on $210,000 bond.