John Henry James III was arrested on May 26 after a high-speed chase that ended with throwing a 2-month-old child at a cop
A Florida man is being held without bail after allegedly throwing his two-month-old baby at a police officer who was six feet away after a high-speed chase.
Deputies tried to persuade John Henry James III, 32, for failing to keep his lane on May 26, but he continued to drive, leading police officers in a 40-minute high-speed chase, officials with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said.
When they finally caught up with him at an apartment complex in Gifford, James got out of the car with the baby. It is not clear if the child is James’s.
He then threw the child – overhead – at one of the officers as he tried to flee through the trees.
“I’ve seen some crazy things, but this is definitely up there,” Deputy Sheriff Jacob Curby said, catching the child. CBS12 News, adding: ‘It wasn’t a nice underhand handoff from a meter away, it was a pitch.’
The child was unharmed and the police were able to ‘get the baby to safety’. The Florid Department of Children and Families is now investigating the incident.”
“He’s just a cute little baby, with fluffy hair and a cute suit on,” Curby said. “Luckily we were able to get the baby before he tripped and fell or tried to carjack someone else.”
James was seen on video footage throwing the child at a police officer
Sheriff Deputy Jacob Curby was able to catch the child and rock him while other officers pinned James to the ground to hold him
James was eventually captured outside an apartment complex after throwing the child
The chase began around 6:30 p.m. on State Road 60 in Vero Beach, when officers spotted a white Nissan Rogue driving erratically through the lanes.
He then drove off with the police following him, sometimes hitting a detective’s vehicle, wriggling between cars and running over tire deflating equipment, forcing cars to move out of the way.
A number of people in a residential area forced the officers to resign at one point, the Sheriff’s Office reports, at which point they deployed a law enforcement helicopter to track James’ location at the apartment complex.
As police approach, body camera footage shows a woman screaming, “He’s got a baby.”
They approach him, at which point James hurls the child at Curby, who can be seen holding the child while other officers chased James through trees and the sides of buildings, eventually forcing him to the ground.
James tried to resist his arrest, the Sheriff’s Office reports, kicking and biting officers as they tried to handcuff him and escort him into the patrol car.
When he was eventually taken into custody, the Sheriff’s Office footage shows, he began complaining that he couldn’t breathe and had asthma.
In the video, he was told to tell the officers that his chest hurts, as well as “I’m losing the wind” and “I’m tired, bro,” to which one of the officers replies, “Yeah, that’s because you ran, your did this.’
Curby told CBS 12: ‘He was a cute little baby, fluffy hair, [who] was wearing a cute little outfit’
During the high-speed chase, James, driving a white Nissan Rogue, ran into the side of a police patrol car
He was also seen squirming through the traffic jams the police had set up
Officials said they had him examined by emergency medical technicians before taking him to the local hospital, where officers noticed his breath smelled of alcohol.
He was released from hospital last Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office reports, and is now being held without bail.
“You can’t throw a baby at us and expect us to treat you with velvet gloves,” Sheriff Eric Flowers said in a statement.
James is charged with aggravated child abuse, as well as aggravated police officer/firefighter/EMT battery, felony fleeing and dodging, reckless driving and resisting arrest by force.
In addition, he is accused of aggravating a pregnant woman’s battery, CNN reports, but the Sheriff’s Office has not released any details about that charge.
He was previously arrested on charges of battery, burglary and grand theft.