Police chase ends in arrest after accident

An attempt by police to stop a vehicle that allegedly ran a stop sign Tuesday night resulted in a chase that ended when the driver crashed the car and attempted to run while carrying two small children.

Kyree Thomas, 21, allegedly was intoxicated at the time of the incident, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Thomas on Thursday.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective James Huff, an officer on patrol saw Thomas run a stop sign at West 13th Avenue and Apple Street just after 9 p.m. Tuesday. When the officer activated his blue lights, Thomas accelerated, running stop signs and stop lights during a chase on the west side that finally ended at West Third Avenue and Blake Street, the affidavit said.

Kizer said Thomas crashed into a fence, then jumped out of the vehicle, pulled two small children out, and started to run until he was caught by police.

According to the affidavit, Thomas hit a large electrical box and the fence he crashed into was around a large cell phone tower.

Kizer said both of the children were taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for treatment of what were believed to be minor injuries. Thomas allegedly told police that one of the children was his, and the other was his stepchild.

When Thomas was interviewed, he allegedly told police that he didn’t see the blue lights on the police car until after he has crashed into the fence, and didn’t remember anything else.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Thomas after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, felony fleeing, and reckless driving, a misdemeanor.

The judge also ordered Thomas to have no contact with the children until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Thomas.