Police: Oklahoma Man Led Police On High-Speed Chase With His Baby Inside The Car

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SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) — An Oklahoma man was arrested Sunday night after leading police on a high-speed chase through Northwest Arkansas with his 16-month-old child inside the car.

Joel M. Widdoes, 21, of Watts, Oklahoma, fled from Siloam Springs police when they tried to pull him over for a traffic stop, according to a press release from the Siloam Springs Police department.

Police pursued Widdoes as he sped through the parking lots of fast food restaurants and then turned east on to U.S. Highway 412, disregarding red lights and hitting speeds in excess of 100 mph, the release states. Officers followed Widdoes to Tontitown, where he turned onto Highway 112 heading toward Johnson, and both the Tontitown and Johnson police departments joined the pursuit.

Widdoes was eventually slowed down after he ran over a set of spike strips, the release states. He then swerved and hit a Siloam Springs Police vehicle and came to a stop.

The incident ended without any injuries to officers Widdoes or his child, which was strapped into a car seat, according to the release.

Widdoes was taken to the Benton County Jail, where he is being held on a $455 bond. According to the release, the child was released to the mother.

He is facing felony charges of kidnapping, fleeing, criminal mischief, aggravated assault on an officer, endangering the welfare of a minor, and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, careless and prohibited driving and speeding, the release states.

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