SOLON, Ohio — A Cleveland man has been charged after he allegedly fled from a Solon traffic stop and crashed, all while an infant was in the car with him.
Randel Jackson, 24, has been charged with obstruction of official business, disobeying a police order, child endangering, fleeing and eluding, expired plates, improper plates, failure to maintain reasonable control and driving on a divided highway, according to court records.
Authorities said that on May 18, just before 3 p.m., a Solon officer initiated a traffic stop on a car driving down US 422 for a license plate violation. The car fled from police eastbound on US 422, exited at SR 306 but then got back on US 422 heading westbound.
Police used stop sticks on the car and it spun out, hit a sign and a guardrail, but then drove down a concrete embankment and fled down Som Center Road.
Authorities eventually found the car abandoned behind a local business. The driver and passenger were nowhere to be seen, but officers found a baby shoe at the scene. A short time later, police located Jackson standing with a small child at a nearby intersection. The baby was missing a shoe that matched the one found by the abandoned car.
Jackson was arrested and the child was turned over to its mother.
Authorities said a passenger who was in the car wasn’t located.