Man charged in high-speed chase with baby in car

BENTON COUNTY, Tenn. — A man is behind bars after authorities say he led officers on a high-speed chase.

Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher says 38-year-old Joseph Curtis led Benton County deputies on a chase Monday starting on Interstate 40 and ending in Yuma in Carroll County.

Deputies say the Camden man eventually wrecked his car. Inside was his girlfriend and a 6-month-old baby.

Police say Curtis also had drugs in the car.

“Soon as he started up the hill there, he spun out,” Sheriff Christopher said. “Subject jumped out of the vehicle and went to run. The helicopter set down pretty close on top of him and he gave himself up.”

Curtis faces charges including evading arrest, three counts of reckless endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

There is not yet word on whether the girlfriend will face charges.

Curtis is behind bars in lieu of $10,000 bond.