Deputies: Father leads chase, ditches vehicle with kids inside

Deputies: Father leads chase, ditches vehicle with kids inside (Reporter: Jon Erickson)

WASHINGTON, BEAUFORT COUNTY - A man led deputies on a high-speed chase, before jumping out of his SUV and running away, all while his children were still in the vehicle, investigators said.

On March 29, a deputy saw 24-year-old Shykeem Lee Moore driving in an unsafe manner on Highway 264 west of Washington, according to Major Kenneth Watson of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. Moore then allegedly turned onto Flanders Filters Rd. and hit a median.

As the deputy was trying to pull Moore over, the suspect began to speed up and led authorities on a chase, Major Watson said. Moore then allegedly turned onto Oscar Lane and drove into a wooded area, before taking off on foot. According to witnesses, the suspect jumped from his SUV as the vehicle was still moving.

The pursuing deputy learned that the fleeing suspect had left his three children inside the car, Major Watson said. The kids have since been left in the custody of their mothers. The Department of Social Services was contacted.

Moore returned to the scene of the crime and was arrested, according to Major Watson. He had scratches on his face and arms, and was covered in mud.

Moore blew a .11 and was legally drunk, investigators said. He was also allegedly driving with a revoked license.

Moore, of Van Norden St. in Washington, was charged with felony flee to elude arrest, resisting a public officer, driving while impaired, and driving while license revoked. The suspect was being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $20,000 secured bond.

In a separate incident in March, Moore was driving about 95 m.p.h. with a child in the car, according to a Highway Patrol trooper who charged him.

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