CARROLLTON, Texas - Carrollton police say a man who led them on a police chase over the weekend had his newborn baby along for the ride.
The incident was caught on body cameras that had just been issued 24 hours beforehand.
The videos show 23-year-old Gerard Perry being stopped Saturday afternoon by bicycle patrol officers who saw him throw a beer bottle into a wildflower patch near Josey Ranch Lake Park.
The officers asked Perry for his ID. Instead of giving it to them he jumped into his car and took off, nearly hitting one of the officers in the process.
Police chased Perry south on Interstate 35E, east on Royal Lane, through Dallas and then up and down on the Central Expressway. He finally pulled over at an apartment complex on Royal Lane and took off on foot.
The officer who stayed behind with the abandoned car was the first to notice Perry’s 6-week-old son crying in the back seat.
“Alright baby. It’s okay. Come here little partner,” the officer can be heard trying to comfort the tiny baby.
Police said the baby was in a carseat, but was not actually strapped in. Fortunately he was not hurt. He’s now being cared for by his grandmother.
"This is a great example of we can tell you what we saw and what happened,” explained Commander Kevin McCoy. “But it’s something else entirely to see it from the officer's perspective as he looks in the car and realizes there’s an infant in the back of the car.”
Perry was later found hiding in a Starbucks bathroom. He’s facing charges for abandoning and endangering a child, aggravated assault on a peace officer, evading arrest and possession of marijuana. He was also wanted for failing to appear in court for a prior burglary charge.
He’s being held in the Dallas County jail on bonds totaling $300,500.