Officers find child in car involved in high-speed chase


Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 7:58 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 7:58 a.m.

A Cross City man with a toddler in his car led officers on a high-speed chase through a neighborhood before crashing into a patrol car Tuesday afternoon, deputies reported.

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Mario Jamaal Godbolt, 28.

Dixie County Sheriff's Office

Officers didn’t realize the 2-year-old was in the vehicle until Mario Jamaal Godbolt, 28, got out of the damaged 2008 Dodge Charger and tried to run from deputies with the child in his arms, the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The chase occurred at about 3:30 p.m. near the Cross City water treatment facility.

Deputies first tried to stop the car on Franklin Street in Cross City because of a traffic violation. But Godbolt knew he did not have a valid driver’s license and didn't want to stop, said Capt. Chad Reed.

A chase began that lasted less than five minutes but reached speeds of about 50 mph in an area with a posted 15 mph speed limit, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

During the chase, Godbolt lost control of the car and crashed into Deputy Ricky Downing’s patrol car.

A short foot chase followed, with Godbolt carrying the child, deputies reported.

Neither adult nor child were injured in the crash, according to officers.

Godbolt is facing charges of a habitual traffic violator driving while license suspended or revoked, aggravated fleeing and attempted to elude, reckless driving, child neglect, and resisting an officer with violence.

The toddler was released into the custody of another relative, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

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