A Smithville man has been charged after he led lawmen on a high-speed chase with small children in his car.
The suspect, Ronald Chad Young, 28, will face preliminary hearing Thursday before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on charges of evading arrest, reckless endangerment, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked license, and two counts of child endangerment.
His charges come after he fled sheriff’s investigator Steven Carpenter as the lawman was trying to pull him over for speeding.
“He continued at a high rate of speed, turning down side streets, and running stop signs,” Carpenter said in his warrants against Young. “He eventually pulled into an apartment complex and stopped.”
The officer soon figured out Young’s driver license was revoked out of DeKalb County for a DUI there in 2007.
A search of his vehicle netted more charges as officers found a cigarette filled with what is believed to be marijuana. Young also had rolling papers in his pocket. He admitted the marijuana found in the car belonged to him.
Along with his drug and evading charges, Young caught more counts after lawmen discovered he had two small children in the vehicle while he was fleeing apprehension. The children were ages 4 and 20 months.