Police: Driver fled traffic stop and wrecked with child in car

Police say James Robert Canady, 25, of Bamberg ignored an officer's blue lights and wrecked with a child in the back seat.

A man fled a West Ashley traffic stop and then wrecked with a child in the back seat, according to Charleston police.

James Canady, 25, of Ridge Road in Bamberg was charged with ill-treatment of a child, among other offenses.

Here’s what happened, according to a police incident report.

About 10:30 p.m. Friday, an officer noticed a silver Nissan Pathfinder with loud music coming from it driving toward Charleston on Savannah Highway near Dupont Road. The officer put on the blue lights, and the SUV pulled into the Kmart parking lot. Then the SUV turned around and headed south on Savannah Highway.

The officer turned off the lights and did not pursue the vehicle.

A short time later, the SUV was involved in a wreck at Savannah Highway and Skylark Road. The same officer went to the scene. Witnesses told the officer that a man had jumped out of the SUV, grabbed a child out of the back seat and ran toward the Motel 6 with her.

Officers pursued Canady on foot in the motel parking lot. They said he threw the infant into Room 144 and started looking for somewhere else to run. Officers caught up with Canady and used a Taser to subdue him.

Canady was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment and then booked into the Charleston County jail.

The child was left with his mother and grandmother, who were in the motel room.

Canady was charged with ill-treatment of a child, loud noises, failure to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension more than first and failure to comply with the non-resident violators compact, which includes suspending a driver’s license to enforce traffic violations across state lines. He was being held Monday on $23,020 total bail.

The Highway Patrol worked the wreck and has been asked for details and charges in that incident.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553 or twitter.com/dmunday.