Two-year-old, male suspect ejected from vehicle after pursuit ends in crash in Union Township
A two-year-old child has been life flighted to a nearby hospital after being ejected from a vehicle after a crash in Union Township.
The crash took place at the intersection of West Washington Street and Meegan Avenue in Union Township.
Witnesses at the scene tell our videographer that the accident stemmed from a police chase and that the toddler was ejected from the vehicle. Police say the suspect, 26 year old Dai'ryon Mitchell, told them that the child was his daughter, however this has yet to be officially confirmed.
According to New Castle Police, it all started when they were surveilling Mitchell, who was seen at what officers are calling a "known" drug house. The chase stemmed from a traffic stop conducted on a red Jeep Cherokee with a Kentucky license plate just after 4:30 p.m. on Lowery Street in New Castle.
Police say Mitchell didn't have a license to show and that there was a white powdery substance in a tied bag in his car. At that point, officers asked Mitchell to step out of the vehicle but he accelerated instead and a pursuit ensued.
According to another witness who was on her porch when the crash occurred, the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to go airborne and crash into a neighboring home.
The witness tells us that an adult male was ejected along with the small child. This was later confirmed by police.
Police say the child was life flighted to UPMC Children's Hospital and the male driver was transported to UPMC Jameson and will be in custody of the New Castle Police Department once he has been treated.
The child was not buckled, nor was there a car seat in the car. The child is in stable condition and New Castle Police Chief, Robert Salem tells 21 News that she is expected to survive.
Mitchell's condition is unknown, but he's being charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless endangering, reckless driving, restraint systems, not having a license and other traffic charges, according to Chief Salem.
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