DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 5-year-old boy injured in a crash following a high-speed chase had been reported missing in November by his mother, Iowa authorities said.
Jeremiah Johnson, 33, led officers on a chase early Friday morning that exceeded speeds of 110 mph, police said.
The chase began in Clive when an officer tried to pull over Johnson's car and it sped away. The Iowa State Patrol eventually took over and followed the car into Indianola, where the car slammed into a parked, unoccupied police cruiser at an estimated 130 mph, The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/ZiuLSQ) reported.
Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy was found crying behind the driver's seat under a pile of clothes and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, the newspaper reported. Police have not given the boy's name.
Officers were unaware there was a child in the car during the chase, authorities said.
"If they would have found out a child was in there, they probably would have called (the chase) off," Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright said. "Those pursuits become very dangerous."
Authorities said Johnson had been engaged in a lengthy custody battle over the boy and that the boy's mother, who had been awarded custody in July, reported the 5-year-old missing and endangered to Des Moines police in November. Gwinnett County authorities issued warrants for Johnson last month after he allegedly abducted his son.
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