2 babies found in crashed car with police chase suspect - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

2 babies found in crashed car with police chase suspect

Police chase on I-55 (Source: TDOT) Police chase on I-55 (Source: TDOT)
Crash site at W Faye and Swift (Source: WMC Action News 5) Crash site at W Faye and Swift (Source: WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 20-minute police chase through Memphis ended with a suspected killer in jail and two babies in the custody of family members.

It all started Tuesday morning when Memphis police officers received a tip about the location of Elton Turner, 23.

Turner was wanted on first-degree murder and aggravated burglary charges stemming from a shooting that happened in January on Ely Street.

Officers located Turner's car at the intersection of Watson Street and East Mallory Drive. When officers tried to pull the driver over, he took off.

A total of five people were in the car.

Twenty minutes later, Turner's car crashed near the intersection of West Fay Avenue and Swift Street. From there, three people ran out of the car, still trying to get away from police.

Officers quickly corralled Turner, as well as Alex Smith, 23, and Kymberlei Jones, 18. Smith, who originally gave police the false name Quadaron Williford, had outstanding warrants for aggravated robbery. Jones had an outstanding warrant for assault.

The three suspects also abandoned two babies, 5-months and 1-year-old respectively, inside the car. Police reported the incident to the Department of Children's Services. 

“It's horrible,” said Jessica Bradley, who lives nearby. “You knew you shouldn't have had kids in that car.”

The three suspects had a combined 15 warrants for their arrests.

Smith was charged with driving with a suspended license, evading arrest on foot, evading arrest in a vehicle with reckless driving, reckless child endangerment, resisting arrest, and violation of registration.

As of Tuesday evening, Turner was charged with driving on a suspended license, two counts of aggravated burglary, and two counts of first-degree murder. Jones was charged with two counts of assault.  It is unknown whether they will face additional charges in relation to the chase.

Though police should be applauded for their fast actions and quick arrests Tuesday morning, WMC Action News 5's Jerry Askin decided to dig deeper and find the policy for when police officers should chase drivers.

"We can chase violent criminals, and in this case, we have a violent criminal as far as having a murder warrant on him," said police commander Rodney A'Dair.

The full policy states: 

"Vehicle pursuits are authorized only when an officer has probable cause to believe that one or more occupants of a fleeing vehicle have committed a Violent Felony. In those cases, the officer initiating the pursuit must activate lights and siren, then immediately provide the dispatcher with the following information: (41.2.2.b)

1. Unit number of officer requesting authorization to initiate pursuit

2. Location and direction of travel

3. Speed of vehicles involved

4. Description of suspect(s) and suspect vehicle

5. Applicable criminal charge(s) involving the suspect(s)

6. Any other pertinent information, i.e., weapons, hostages, identity of person, etc."

Police say safety is very important.

"It's a lot of traffic out there, and we have to be weary of bystanders and other cars," A'Dair said.

Drivers say they are grateful Tuesday's crash ended somewhat peacefully and just want to make sure police are cautious too, especially when chasing.

"It's more dangerous on the highway, folks are going faster," said local driver Frank Mathis.

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