Mother, child injured in crash caused by suspect evading police

Mother, child injured in crash caused by suspect evading police
Photo: Richmond Police Department

A mother and young child suffered minor to moderate injuries after their vehicle was struck by a suspect in a car attempting to evade police.

The collision occurred last Friday, May 25 at 10 a.m., when police officers patrolling the area of S. 32nd Street and Hoffman Boulevard saw a parked, occupied car with expired registration and contacted the man seated in the driver’s seat, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

During their conversation, the officers learned the man was on searchable probation, but when as they prepared to conduct the search, the man drove off at a high rate of speed. He collided head-on into an oncoming vehicle, then fled from the scene of the collision on foot while holding a backpack, Tan said.

After a brief foot chase, the suspect was taken into custody. Meanwhile, one of the officers checked on the welfare of the occupants in the vehicle struck by the suspect.

“After the child was extricated from the car, both occupants were taken to local hospitals,” Tan said.

The backpack the suspect was carrying contained one pound of methamphetamine ($3,500 street value). Officers also found approximately two pounds of marijuana and a loaded Glock 9mm handgun, Tan said.

“We are relieved to report that the mother and child are doing better and they should both make full recoveries,” Tan said.