A Wilson County law officer got more than he bargained for on what began as a routine traffic stop.
It turned into a high-speed chase involving a wanted man, a bunch of drugs, and a toddler.
It happened Saturday night when a Wilson County deputy tried to stop a car driven by Jimmy McClain.
The 25-year-old took off and the chase ended up on winding, back-country roads, then through the Clay Estates sub-division.
On the way out, the Springfield man lost control, crashed into a culvert, then he did something unusual. He grabbed his 2-year-old daughter and sprinted away.
With deputies hot on his heels, McClain dropped the little girl and kept running.
Thankfully the child was unharmed
“It would only take a short awkward fall to break the child’s neck, to cause a concussion, especially at 2 years old,” said Lt. Scott Moore with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.
Eventually, McClain was arrested, and a search of his car yielded open beers and six bags of marijuana.
A mother of three who lives in the subdivision saw the aftermath
“I didn’t see the drugs, but could tell they were laying things out.”
She told News 2 she drove by minutes after it was all over
“It’s alarming. It’s scary.”
She too is horrified a child was involved
“I seen a little girl, about 2 or 3, and she had super curly hair, she was standing there. But my son and stepdaughter saw them leave in an ambulance, I just felt bad because she was just standing there.”
“I’ve been in law enforcement for a long time and I have to say it was disgusting. Pathetic that he would drop a child while running from the police,” said Lt. Moore.
McClain was charged with a slew of felonies including; possession of drugs in a school zone, resisting arrest, child abuse, DUI, and driving on a revoked license fourth offense.
He reportedly had warrants out of Davidson and Robertson Counties.