Mother Flees from Police with Kids in Car

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LAKEWOOD, OH -- A routine traffic stop quickly turned dangerous for police.

It happened on July 31 near the intersection of Belle Avenue and Bayes Avenue.

Ashia Worthy took off from the scene after police learned she had a warrant out for her arrest and was driving under suspension.

Worth wasn't alone; she also had two kids in the car.

"She obviously hasn't made good decisions in the past to her driving and she didn't make a good one again on this night," said Lakewood Police Chief Timothy Malley.

He said the pursuit lasted for several minutes. Police eventually gave up after she hopped on I-90. Chief Malley said it was too dangerous to chase after her.

Worthy ended up turning herself in the next day. She was then charged with child endangerment, fleeing and driving under suspension.

She was found guilty on all the charges. She's now waiting to be sentenced.

Chief Malley said there is a lesson to be learned from all of this.

"What everyone needs to do when you're stopped by the police, whether you agree with it or not, you need to comply with us and obey the officer's instructions. Then handle it in court or whatever other options you might get. But fleeing is never a good idea," he said.

Worthy told police she decided to flee because she was scared.

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