He Throws Baby, Then the Police Do Something Incredible

He Throws Baby, Then the Police Do Something Incredible

A Florida Man used a despicable tactic to try to evade police: throwing his two-month-old baby at the officers. Fortunately, one deputy, who is being hailed as a hero, was able to catch the baby in mid-air.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office reports that John Henry James was driving erratically in Vero Beach, Florida on May 26. When an officer attempted to pull him over, he ignored the police and continued to drive. The police report indicates that James led officers on a high-speed chase for over 40 minutes, continuing to drive through road blocks, several attempts by police to nudge his vehicle with their own, and eventually a spike strip.

The vehicle was disabled by the spike strip, but James continued to drive until he managed to pull over in an apartment complex. Police had hung back and allowed the helicopter to continue the pursuit at that point because there were so many people in the area and the chase was becoming too dangerous.

Police then used squad cars to block off the exits of the complex, and pursued the suspect on foot. James then tried to sidetrack law enforcement by throwing his two-month-old son at police. Thanks to hero Deputy Jacob Kurby, who miraculously caught the baby in mid-air, the infant was not harmed.

“It was kind of awkward. I couldn’t chase him, I couldn’t tackle him, not a whole lot I can do because he had the baby,” Curby said in an interview with WPEC-TV. “He just turned around, no regard, not a little toss or anything, he just turned around, overhand threw this 2-month-old at me from about 6 feet away.”

After throwing his son, James continued to run from the officers, but was quickly taken down in the parking lot of the apartment complex. Video of the incident from the helicopter shows that James continued to resist arrest throughout the ordeal.

The Blaze reports: “The suspect was finally apprehended, then claimed he could not breathe because of his asthma. James was taken to a nearby fire station, where EMTs could check him out, but he continued to resist and kicked an officer in the face. James was administered a sedative before being taken to the hospital for examination.”

James, 32, has been charged with multiple felonies, including two counts of aggravated child abuse, aggravated battery on an officer/firefighter/EMT, aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, felony flee and elude, resisting arrest with violence, as well as reckless driving, and is currently being held without bond, according to jail records found online.

“You can’t throw a baby at us and expect us to treat you with kid gloves,” Sheriff Eric Flowers said.

Here is video of the incident, including helicopter footage, released by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office:

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