Elyria Police: Man leaves toddler in car while running from officers

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Reginald Gray II (Photo Courtesy: Elyria Police Department)

ELYRIA, Ohio — An Elyria man left his toddler in his car while attempting to run from police earlier this week, police say.

According to a news release from Elyria police, Reginald Gray II, 30, was driving a Grey Ford Fusion near East Bridge and Broad streets on Thursday, when he failed to stop for an officer.

After the officer lost sight of Gray’s vehicle, it was spotted by other patrol cars traveling at a “very high rate of speed” on Gulf Road, near Poplar Street, completely blowing through the red light at the intersection, the release stated.

The officers began pursuing Gray’s car, which sped through a stop sign and almost struck another vehicle on Cleveland Street.  When Gray failed to stop for the officers again, they activated their emergency equipment  on nearby railroad tracks in order to stop his car.

Gray eventually lost control and crashed in a grassy area near Olive and Taylor streets.  Officers chased Gray on foot until he failed to hop a fence and was tackled by them.

While in custody, he alerted the officers that his 2-year-old daughter was in his car, and that he ran because “he was high.”  Officers found 8.1 grams of cocaine and more than $1,300 cash in Gray’s pockets and wallet.

Child Protective Services took Gray’s toddler to the Elyria Police Station.

Gray is charged with posession of cocaine, trafficking cocaine, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and endangering children.  He remains in Lorain County Jail until his initial court appearance.