Suspects will do just about anything to avoid being captured by police officers. Florida officers learned firsthand just how far a suspect would actually go to evade capture, going from a car chase to throwing a baby.
John Henry James was driving erratically through Vero Beach, Florida when officers attempted to pull him over. James would not stop the vehicle and let police on a high speed chase through a residential area.
Officers attempted to use roadblocks and other tactics to slow him down, but they were all unsuccessful. Once they used a spike strip, his vehicle slowed.
James, 32, stopped the vehicle in an apartment complex parking lot and fled on foot carrying a two-month-old baby.
Ultimate Distraction Tactic
James still was trying to escape the officers while running with the infant boy in his arms. In an effort to evade arrest, James threw the baby at one of the officers.
Indian River County Sheriff's Officer Deputy Jacob Kurby, caught the boy in the air. The baby was not harmed.
“I’ve seen some crazy stuff, but this is definitely up there. It wasn’t a nice underhand handoff from a foot away, it was a throw…. It was kind of awkward. I couldn’t chase him, I couldn’t tackle him, not a whole lot I can do because he had the baby. He just turned around, no regard, not a little toss or anything, he just turned around, overhand threw this two-month-old at me from about six feet away.”Officer Jacob Kurby
Kurby also said the boy was, "a cute little baby, fluffy hair, had a cute little outfit on."
Suspect In Custody
Officers wrested James to the ground, still resisting arrest with everything he had. James even kicked and bit at some of the officers. He even kept fighting at a fire station where EMS was evaluating him.
According to the police report, James kicked officers while they were detaining him, one in the leg and another in the face.
James was taken to the hospital for cuts on his face, and he said he was having trouble breathing. However, according to the police report the officer, "could smell the odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath.”
The officer's used quick thinking and stellar reflexes to catch the baby, protecting him from harm. Thankfully, the baby had someone looking out for him.