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Man who left children during traffic stop arrested

Posted May 6, 2011 12:08 p.m. EDT
Updated May 6, 2011 1:00 p.m. EDT

— Federal and local authorities on Friday arrested a Raleigh man accused of fleeing from his vehicle during an April traffic stop, leaving two children behind.

Lamonte Edward Smith, 24, of 1213 Raleigh Blvd., was wanted on a probation violation and various charges, including misdemeanor child abuse and driving with a revoked license.

The Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle on U.S. Highway 64 Business at Rolesville Road in Wendell on April 6 for an expired registration. The driver fled the area, leaving a 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl in the back seat, authorities said.

The children weren't harmed and were released into the custody of their mother.