Police say a Lake Worth dad landed a child neglect charge Wednesday when he bolted from a traffic stop that ended in a crash only blocks away, all as his son, 6, sat in the back seat.
Alexander Handel Webster, 29, drove a silver Chevrolet vehicle along Corrigan Court to Lakewood Road at about 8:30 p.m. when an officer said Webster didn’t completely stop at the intersection, according to a Palm Springs Public Safety Department arrest report.
The officer flipped on his lights and said Webster stopped briefly before getting on Lake Worth Road, then took off and crashed into shrubs two blocks away on Edwards Avenue.
But the less than half-mile chase wasn’t over.
Police said Webster popped his door open and was about to run. But he hit the ground when the officer whipped out a gun, according to the report.
After yelling at Webster twice to keep his hands up, the officer learned of the child passenger, still sitting in the back seat.
When asked about why he took off, Webster said he thought his license was suspended. But it was still valid, according to the report.
A check of Florida Department of Law Enforcement records found at least nine previous arrests for Webster with charges including disorderly intoxication and drug possession.
He was last charged with fleeing police after a June 2008 arrest where he also faced charges of marijuana and cocaine possession, assault on an officer, hit and run and resisting arrest.
Webster’s Florida driving record shows at least 15 previous citations.
He faces charges of fleeing from an officer and child neglect and was booked into Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday where he remains in lieu of $12,000 bail.