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Suspect fleeing police narrowly misses hitting kids in Henrico neighborhood

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Posted at 12:26 AM, Sep 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-16 00:26:55-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A twisted stop sign doesn't look like much but people living on Wilmer Avenue say it's a reminder of a driver out of control, who had no regard for kids playing outside.

After pursuing a suspect Monday, Richmond Police drove off as Henrico Police stood by.  And the suspect barreled through a neighborhood.

"I saw a red SUV come through here at a high rate of speed," said Ashby Clore.  Her community now looks at that battered stop sign as the aftermath of what a driver running from police left behind.

"Whatever it was, the driver lost control and crashed at the stop sign," said Clore.

Police say a Richmond officer in the Chamberlayne Avenue area spotted a known man wanted for a probation violation driving an SUV.

When the officer hit his lights and siren, they say the man took off.

Richmond Police tell CBS-6 about a mile-and-a-half later they called off the pursuit at Richmond-Henrico Turnpike and Azalea Avenue but the wanted man kept going.

"He was hauling," said Clore.  "He went into the stop sign and a lady’s yard."

Little Jamiah Coleman watched from a screened-in porch on Edgefield saying her grandfather's friend could've easily been hurt.  "My Papa went out to talk to him about a football game and the car zoomed past and Papa screamed “Get back!"” said Jamiah.

In the community right behind Henrico High, filled with apartments and homes, parents are hoping the dangerous driver never drives through their neighborhood again.

"He blew through stop signs, narrowly missing kids," said Clore.  "It's a big concern. A high rate of speed, one kid could have veered into the street and could've been hurt or seriously injured."

Henrico Police never gave chase during the incident and Richmond Police insist they did not chase the suspect through the neighborhood.

Police tell me the suspect’s probation violation was for drug distribution and that he will now face charges including felony eluding, hit-and-run and driving without a license.  They say they will release his name shortly.