THP: Driver fleeing checkpoint flips car with child in back seat - WSMV Channel 4

THP: Driver fleeing checkpoint flips car with child in back seat

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A routine traffic checkpoint led to a very risky decision Thursday night, as the Tennessee Highway Patrol said a man and his sister crashed a car into the creek with the woman's small child in the backseat.

Deputies say the driver saw troopers less than a mile up the road at a pre-planned driver checkpoint, so he made a dangerous turn to avoid them.

"That then created a very unsafe situation for oncoming traffic," said THP Sgt. Bill Miller.

Eventually, the driver lost control, the car ran off Old Greenbrier Road and flipped, ending up in a creek. The 3-year-old boy in the backseat was ejected from the car, and deputies say it was a miracle he lived through it.

"There's nothing worth the life of a child," Miller said. "It is heart-wrenching to know that a child was standing in the middle of the creek because the driver chose to flee law enforcement over something that he probably could have bonded out on and been home this afternoon."

Troopers say the man and woman, whose identities were not immediately released, will likely face several charges, including evading police and child neglect, since they were using the wrong type of car seat for the little boy.

None of the three people in the car had serious injuries.

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