VANCOUVER – A driver ditched a car and fled from police Thursday, leaving a 4-year-old child behind in the vehicle.
Police said the driver, later identified as Emil Troy Eckstrom, had a suspended license and warrant out for his arrest. They were trying to pull him over on Northeast 39th Street, near Northeast 112th Avenue when the chase ensued.
The driver did not speed during the chase, but veered through parking lots and onto a sidewalk before abandoning his vehicle, police said.
At that point, officers said Eckstrom fled on foot, leaving the 4-year-old boy and a dog in the back seat.
Eckstrom was eventually captured after he broke through the fence of a home in the 11400 block of Northeast 29th Circle, police said.
Investigators learned the boy’s mother left him in Eckstrom’s care when she went to an appointment. But officers were unable to find her, so the boy was put into the care of Child Protective Services.
The dog was seized by Clark County Animal Control.
Eckstrom, 40, was booked into the Clark County Jail. He faces several charges, including driving while suspended, reckless endangerment, malicious mischief, and attempt to elude. He also had a misdemeanor warrant for two counts of jumping bail on a previous driving while suspended charge.
Police said Child Protective Services who will continue efforts to locate the boy’s parents and reunited them with him.