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Mother, newborn left in car after high-speed chase, fiery crash

Posted February 10, 2019 7:42 a.m. EST
Updated February 10, 2019 11:28 a.m. EST

— Officials were surprised to find a 19-year-old and her newborn baby inside a car that led officers on a high-speed chase on N.C. Highway 42.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a trooper tried to stop a silver Mercedes for a "minor traffic violation" late Saturday just before midnight in Johnston County in the Cleveland area.

Officials said the driver ignored the trooper and attempted to flee. The car crashed into a concrete median around N.C. 42, blowing out both right side tires, before crashing a second time into a ditch near Cornwallis Road then catching fire.

Mother, newborn left in car after high-speed chase in Johnston County

The driver fled the scene on foot. Troopers and a K-9 unit searched for the suspect, who is still on the loose, for over an hour.

Officials said a second trooper extinguished the flames and found the mother and baby in the back seat of the car. They were both uninjured.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.