3-year-old ejected after police pursuit ends in rollover crash

3-year-old ejected after police pursuit ends in rollover crash (Image 1)

A toddler was ejected from a car after a pursuit led to a rollover crash injuring three people in Springfield on Friday.

According to Smokey Barn News, a trooper tried to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle driven by 24-year-old David Foster at the checkpoint located at the intersection of Old Greenbrier Pike and Oakland Road.

Foster's sister, Karlisha Pettis, 23, and a three-year-old boy were also inside the vehicle.

Police say as he approached the checkpoint, Foster turned and fled.

Officers pursued the vehicle for about one mile before it veered off the roadway and crashed into an embankment, landed upside down in a creek.

The three-year-old child was ejected from the vehicle.

All three passengers were injured in the crash.  The woman and child were taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.   Foster was taken by ambulance to Skyline Medical Center.

Their conditions were not immediately known.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol noted that it is legal for drivers to turn around at police checkpoints.  Foster, however, allegedly pulled into a nearby driveway and backed out in an aggressive manner.

In doing so, he reportedly broke three laws.  It is illegal to back out onto a main highway or within 500 feet from the crest of a hill or curve.  Police stated Foster did all three.

Officials also reported an open container of whiskey was found inside the car.

*Smokey Barn News contributed to this report.

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