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Man flees from police with infant inside his car

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A driver from Burlington faces a whole inventory of criminal charges, including misdemeanor child abuse, after he allegedly fled from law enforcement officers with an infant among the passengers inside his vehicle.

Brandon Dewayne Eastwood was ultimately taken into custody by local sheriff’s deputies on Friday after a high-speed pursuit that began on the outskirts of Elon and ended with a brief foot chase off of Shadowbrook Drive in the city limits of Burlington.

Brandon Dewayne Eastwood

According to the office of Alamance County’s sheriff, Eastwood’s flight from the law began shortly after 10:00 p.m. when he reportedly ditched members of Elon’s municipal police force who tried to pull him over along University Drive.

The town’s police officers reportedly radioed for help from the sheriff’s office, which joined the pursuit near Front Street’s intersection with Rockwood Avenue. From there, the chase continued along Shadowbrook Drive, until Eastwood jettisoned his vehicle along the 400 block of that road and tore off on foot through the backyards of several residences.

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According to the sheriff’s office, Eastwood was eventually captured and charged with the felony-level offense of fleeing to elude arrest. The 38-year-old white male of 1020 Webb Avenue in Burlington also faces a misdemeanor charge of child abuse stemming from the discovery of an infant among the four passengers who were whisked along for the ride when Eastwood evaded the traffic stop along University Drive.

Eastwood’s other alleged violations include resisting, obstructing, or delaying a law enforcement officer; driving with a revoked license; speeding; careless and reckless driving; driving to the left of the center line; failing to heed an officer’s emergency lights and siren; and failing to stop at a stop sign. Eastwood has been jailed since his arrest under a $50,050 bond.

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