03/29/2006

Suspect in pursuit that left child pinned under van had fled police earlier

By Jeff Wiehe

The man who led police on a chase that ended in a 4-year-old boy pinned beneath an overturned van Monday also fled police in January, according to Allen County Superior Court documents.

On Jan. 8, Courtney Woods, 20, ran a red light at the intersection of Anthony Boulevard and McKinnie Avenue, then fled police in his Toyota 4Runner, according to a probable-cause affidavit. He parked the truck in a yard west of Queen Street, and then ran. Police arrested him on a felony charge of resisting law enforcement and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. Hes scheduled to plead guilty to the charges Monday, court documents said.

On Monday, Woods smashed his car into a van at the intersection of Francis Street and Jefferson Boulevard after police attempted to pull him over for speeding. Naylon Thompson Jr., 4, was thrown from the van and pinned beneath it before police and onlookers freed him.

Naylon was taken to a local hospital and listed in critical but stable condition, according to a police report. Fort Wayne Police spokesman Michael Joyner said doctors believe the boys condition will be upgraded in a day or two.

Woods was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement by vehicle, possession of marijuana and failure to stop after an accident resulting in serious injury, all felonies. He also was charged with resisting law enforcement by fleeing on foot, physically resisting law enforcement, and driving without a license, all misdemeanors, according to the report.

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