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Brookfield man accused of crashing van, fleeing in cold with child

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A Brookfield man faces child endangering and other charges after police say he crashed his van into a pole in Liberty and ran into the woods with a small child.

Liberty Township Police say they believe it was 37-year-old Thomas Trowbridge who fled from his van Tuesday afternoon after it sheared a utility pole in half on Logan Avenue.

A witness told police that the driver was with a child.

The police report does not give the age of the child but indicates she is the daughter of Trowbridge's girlfriend.

Officers from Liberty and Youngstown followed footprints over a half-mile of rough, snow-covered terrain in wind chills of 11 degrees before losing the trail.

Using phone records and information from a relative, police tracked down Trowbridge at his North Park Drive in Brookfield.

Trowbridge first told a Brookfield Police Officer that he had been carjacked in Youngstown and ran away after the van hit the pole in Liberty.

After the officer questioned the account given by Trowbridge, police say he then admitted crashing the van while he had turned his head to check on the female child in the back seat.

Trowbridge said he didn't call 911 because his hands were too cold, according to the report.

He said a friend of his near Colonial Drive gave him and the child a ride home.

In addition to child endangering, Trowbridge is scheduled to appear in court to answer citations for driving without a valid license, failure to maintain control of a vehicle, and failure to stop after an accident.

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