Not guilty pleas were entered for Tyrone Stevens on Tuesday morning. He’s accused of fleeing from officers and driving dangerously while doing it. JENNA LAWSON/STAFF.

Springfield man charged with fleeing officers with child in vehicle

Police say while a Springfield man fled from officers, he ran a red light, stop signs and almost caused several accidents — all with a child in the back seat.

Not guilty pleas were entered for 24-year-old Tyrone Stevens in Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday morning for charges relating to a pursuit in November.

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In early November, two officers attempted to stop a vehicle allegedly driven by Stevens in the city, court documents say. Those documents continue on to say that once one of the officers approached the vehicle, it sped off.

The vehicle continued to drive 45 mph in residential areas, posing a hazard for other drivers.

“[The vehicle] came to the intersection of E. Liberty St. and S. Limestone St., where it again failed to stop at the stop sign — going through the intersection, causing north and sound-bound traffic on S. Limestone St. to come to a stop to avoid being hit by the suspect vehicle,” the court affidavit says.

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Officers eventually ended the pursuit, but found the vehicle parked in a driveway on W. Clark Street with a female in the passenger seat, begging for help and a 7-year-old child in the back seat.

Officers also found a black scale inside the vehicle, which they said is commonly used to weigh drugs before selling or buying. They also found a white powder substance in a plastic bag, which was believed to be heroin.

The court affidavit says the male driver ran away from the scene.

Stevens was also charged with possessing criminal tools and possession of drugs at the time of the incident in addition to fleeing from officers. Stevens is currently being held in the Clark County Jail on $20,000 bond.

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