STRASBURG, Va. (ABC7) — When an officer attempted a traffic stop Monday evening in Strasburg, a 28-year-old Haymarket man fled from police on foot and threw his 2-year-old son over an embankment into a creek, police say.
The man was eventually arrested after police tracked him to a residence and found him hiding in the attic.
An officer saw Kyle Steven Sunday driving a stolen car with the toddler on his lap at about 5 p.m. on Monday. When the officer stopped the car, Sunday got out and ran, according to a statement from the Strasburg Police Department.
One of the pursuing officers saw Sunday throw his son over an embankment into a creek. That officer stopped chasing Sunday and rescued the boy from the creek. The boy had multiple lacerations and was treated by fire and rescue crews.
The boy’s mother, Kristi Ann Letima, 27, told police that her car had been stolen with her son inside.
Police continued to search for Sunday with help from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and Warren County Sheriff’s Office. A K9 unit helped track Sunday to a residence on Fairchild Drive where he was reported to be hiding.
After trying to call Sunday out of the house, officers entered and found him in the attic.
Sunday was charged with multiple felony counts, including child abuse, reckless driving, and eluding police. He had previous outstanding arrest warrants and a suspended driver’s license, police say.
Letima was charged with child neglect and endangerment, obstruction of justice, and making a false report to law enforcement.
A Strasburg officer fired a gun during the incident. The firearm is being investigated by the Virginia State Police.