Springfield man indicted in connection with chase with child in car

A Springfield man who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase with kids in his car last week was indicted.

Chadwick Carpenter, 37, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on two counts of child endangering and a count of failure to comply.

He was arrested at a home on the 400 block of Linden Avenue by Springfield police on Nov. 1. The home was raided by U.S. Marshals about an hour before he was picked up.

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Springfield police said in an affidavit that they began their investigation when he was spotted on Oct. 25. Officers knew he had a warrant regarding a child neglect issue, according to the affidavit.

When officers attempted to make an arrest he allegedly fled in a car with a woman and children inside, the affidavit says.

“Officers activated their overhead lights in attempts to conduct a traffic stop,” the affidavit says. “At this time Mr. Carpenter did not stop the vehicle and accelerated at a high rate of speed continuing westbound.”

Officers said Carpenter ran stop signs and reached about 80 miles per hour during the chase. During the pursuit of Chadwick the woman in the car called county dispatch.

“(The woman) … stated that Chadwick wouldn’t stop the car,” the affidavit says.

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In a 9-1-1 recording, officers could hear a man saying that he wasn’t going back to jail, according to the affidavit.

The woman was pleading for Carpenter to stop the car and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office was unable to calm her down, but authorities learned there were children in the car, according to the affidavit.

At this time officers terminated the pursuit.

A next court date in the case had not been set Friday afternoon.

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