A Florida man tried to lose the police by throwing a baby at one of the officers
The intense pursuit of the driver almost ended in tragedy. The man, trying to avoid arrest, threw his own son into deputy and fled, but was caught.
The pursuit, and his subsequent arrest, occurred around 6:30 p.m. May 26, 2021. The man, identified as 32-year-old John Henry James III, faces several other felony charges including aggravated battery on an officer/firefighter/EMT, battery on the same, reckless driving, and resisting arrest with violence, the police said in a press release.
“You can’t throw a baby at us and expect us to treat you with kid gloves,” Sheriff Eric Flowers said, following the incident.
The chase lasted about 40 minutes. At the moment when several police cars jammed the man, he got out of the car, grabbed a 2-month-old baby and threw it at one of the officers. Fortunately, the child was not injured.
“After James bailed out of his car and threw the infant, he fled on foot through the trees and between buildings. Our deputies pursued on foot and were able to take James to the ground, where he continued to resist,” the police said.
He continued resisting, even while being placed on the stretcher to be loaded into an ambulance to go Cleveland Clinic Indian River Medical Center. He was medically cleared from the hospital on June 1 after being treated for a pre-existing condition and was booked into the County Jail on the aforementioned charges. He is currently being held without bond.