A man being chased by police threw his own baby at pursuing officers in a last-ditch bid to escape capture.
According to a report from the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, John Henry James III was spotted driving his white Nissan Rogue “recklessly” in Vero Beach, Florida.
When he requested to pull over he refused, embarking on a high-speed chase which lead the deployment of additional police units, and a roadblock was set up.
Eventually, cops deployed a stinger-type device to stop James’s car. The suspect then fled on foot into an apartment complex with his two-month-old baby under his arm.
As officers began to catch up with him, the sheriff's office said, James threw the child at Deputy Jacob Curby.
Luckily, Curby managed to catch the flying infant: “It was kind of awkward,” he told CBS12 News.
“I couldn’t chase him, I couldn’t tackle him, not a whole lot I can do because he had the baby.
“He just turned around, no regard, not a little toss or anything, he just turned around, overhand threw this two-month-old at me from about 6 feet away.”
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“I’ve seen some crazy stuff but this is definitely up there,” he added. “It wasn’t a nice underhand handoff from a foot away, it was a throw.”
Even after that desperate move, James didn’t give up.
He fought with other deputies who eventually tackled him to the ground, according to a post on the police department’s official Facebook page.
After James told the arresting officers he could not breathe and that he suffered from asthma, he was taken to a nearby fire station for medical checks. Even there, he continued to resist arrest, kicking a deputy in the face.
Officers “noted the smell of alcohol on James’s breath” according to the police report.
James was given a sedative and taken to hospital for further checks.
The baby was unharmed by the experience. "He’s just a cute little baby, fluffy hair, had a cute little outfit on,” said Deputy Curby.
James is now being held without bond and facing felony charges of aggravated battery on an officer/firefighter/EMT, reckless driving and resisting arrest.
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