Officer injured, suspect arrested after car chase with baby inside vehicle

TONTITOWN, Ark. (KTHV) - An officer with the Tontitown Police Department is recovering after being injured during an early morning police chase Saturday.

According to CBS affiliate KFSM, police tried to stop a car from driving erratically through an apartment complex around 2:30 a.m.

Officers then followed the vehicle to Highway 412 where the chase eventually led to Interstate 49 heading south. Police say that the driver, 34-year-old Sullivan Goetz, made an "abrupt stop" near the Don Tyson exit. During the stop, one officer rear-ended the Goetz's car.

Goetz then led police through Fayetteville onto Highway 71. That's when police say Goetz crashed into a different police car. That vehicle was hit so hard that the unit lost its front tire and careened into a telephone pole. The officer driving that car suffered cuts to his face and a broken ankle.

Police say the chase ended near the intersection of Rolling Hills Drive. Goetz allegedly refused to exit the vehicle and he was physically removed from it.

An infant was in the backseat of Goetz's vehicle during the police chase. A woman in the passenger seat said she tried to escape the car several times with the child, but Goetz refused to let that happen.

Goetz has been charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including fleeing and endangering the welfare of a child.

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