Posted: Mar 20, 2013 5:33 AM
Updated: Mar 20, 2013 6:46 AM
Paris police say they arrested a passenger after a high speed chase because he forced the driver to keep going during an attempted traffic stop.
Officers say they tried to pull a van over for speeding around 2 p.m. The woman took off and led police on a chase. When she finally pulled over, police found two children in the back seat. The driver told them her passenger, 25-year-old Elmer Marroquin, demanded she speed up because "he doesn't like police."
Paris Police Department chief Kevin Sutton says Marroquin grabbed one of the child car seats, wouldn't let go and told the woman to keep driving.
"I don't know that I've ever heard of anyone forcing someone, or attempting to force someone, not to stop a vehicle," he said.
Police cited the driver for speeding and other traffic offenses.
Officers charged Marroquin with three counts of wanton endangerment and resisting arrest.