The man suspected of fleeing from Metro officers and crashing into an MTA bus with his two-year-old daughter in the car told investigators he sped off because he thought an officer was trying to pull a weapon on him, a police report states.
Montez Beech, 26, was booked into the Metro jail Monday evening on charges of child endangerment and evading arrest.
According to an arrest affidavit, an officer spotted Beech driving 56 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone and attempted to pull him over on Jones Avenue at Flamingo Drive.
When the officer approached Beech’s vehicle on the passenger side, he said Beech drove off through the intersection and collided with a pick-up truck and an MTA bus before coming to a stop.
Beech reportedly told investigators he drove off because he was surprised the officer approached him on the passenger side and added he saw what he thought was the officer drawing a weapon, but realized it was likely him removing gloves.
The suspect’s two-year-old daughter was in the backseat of the vehicle, police said. She was buckled in but did not have a booster seat.
Bond for Beech was set at $8,000.