Toddler in car that crashed during chase, Florida police say


According to the Cocoa, Florida Police Department, the unsecured child jumped away from a police chase that included multiple shots and a crash.

Cocoa Police Department Facebook photo

An unsecured toddler bounced its way through a police chase that included gunshots and a crash, Florida police said.


It happened on Wednesday, March 1, and the child survived unscathed, the Cocoa Police Department said in a news release. Cocoa is about 45 miles southeast of Orlando.


“Officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction. The female driver fled,” police said. “The male passenger in the vehicle fired at least three rounds at police as they attempted to flee.”


Multiple law enforcement agencies chased the vehicle northbound on U.S. 1. The pursuit covered about 16 miles before “the driver crashed into another vehicle in Titusville,” police said.


The toddler was found as officers were arresting the driver and a passenger, officials said.


Investigators report the child “was not properly secured,” but did not suffer injuries. The age of the child was not released.


The driver and a male passenger, who were not injured, “are facing multiple felony charges,” officials said. Their identities have not been released.


This story was originally published March 2, 2023 5:31 am.

Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering topics including schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history and a minor in geology.

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