A police chase in Texas has left the driver dead and a crying three-month-old baby girl having to be cut out of her car seat.
Officers from the Magnolia Police Department said they pulled over a 2004 Chevy Impala yesterday afternoon just outside of Houston while looking for a robbery suspect.
They managed to pull the driver out of the car but the passenger then locked the doors, hopped into the driver seat and sped off.
'Once I noticed the passenger was moving around quite a bit, I attempted to get him out of the passenger side of the vehicle. He had the doors locked where I couldn't get in', said Detective Brian Clack.
A five-minute high speed chase then ensued with officers following the suspect through a construction zone.
Police said they threw spikes into the road which led the car to roll into a fence and land upside down.
'When he tried to avoid the spikes, he started swerving, lost control; the tires were very worn on the vehicle', said Trooper Allen Williams from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The new driver, identified as 33-year-old Derick McMichael, died instantly at the scene but officers heard a baby crying and saw that the little girl was still strapped into her car seat, hanging upside down.
'We did cut the car set out to remove the baby out of the vehicle because the baby was crying', said Trooper Williams.
Two officers had to kick out the windows of the mangled car and pulled the baby girl out before she was transported via air ambulance to a nearby hospital in Houston.
The 3-month-old girl is said to be in stable condition and is expected to fully recover.
Investigators believe the original driver who they detained before the car sped off is the baby girl's father.
He is currently in police custody and is being questioned. Police are trying to determine what the relationship was between him and the deceased suspect.
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