Man flees traffic stop leaving moving vehicle, children behind

Police: Unclear why man being pulled over for missing front license plate fled scene
Man flees traffic stop leaving moving vehicle, children behind

A man involved in a traffic stop fled the scene while his vehicle was still running with two children in the backseat, according to a Madison Police Department release.

A Ford Explorer rolled at five to 10 miles per hour into a snow bank and a tree before coming to a stop on Adderbury Circle around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the release. The officer who had been trying to stop the vehicle could see the suspect grabbing at a black object tucked in his waistband as he was fleeing the vehicle.

The officer did not start a foot chase with the driver because as she got near the SUV she noticed there were two young boys in the back seat of the vehicle, officials said. Both of the boys, ages 3 or 4-years-old, were in safety seats that weren’t bucked to the vehicle.

The children were not injured in the incident, according to the release.

A K-9 tracked the driver to a residence on Waltham Road, officials said. A woman at the residence told police a very distraught man came to her door, said he had run out of gas and had left some kids in a car, and that he needed a ride. The woman’s husband gave him a ride to somewhere on Hammersley Road.

The children’s mother told police the man driving her SUV was her boyfriend, according to the release.

Officials said it is not clear why he ran because he was being pulled over for not having a front license plate.

Police are still looking for the man who is described as being in his early 30s with a dark complexion and is 6 feet 2 inches tall. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

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