Police: Man reaches 105 mph with toddler in truck pursuit on I-405

STANWOOD, Wash. -- A 3-year-old girl was safely returned to her family after she was a passenger in a high-speed chase spanning multiple counties, authorities said.

Washington State Patrol attempted to stop a vehicle believed to be speeding on Interstate 405 on Tuesday around 6:30 p.m., The Daily Herald reported.

The 31-year-old driver who is the toddler’s father reportedly pulled over briefly before speeding off toward Interstate 5, Trooper Heather Axtman said.

Officers pursued because they learned a child was inside and that the vehicle’s registered owner had protection orders against two children, Axtman said, adding they later learned the orders were for two other children.

Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle with spike strips, but the driver swerved around them and continued, reaching speeds up to 105 mph (169 kph), authorities said.

The man was stopped about 50 miles (80 kilometers) later when officers used a technique to get the truck to spin out, disabling the engine, Axtman said.

“No one got hurt,” she said. “The pursuit really did go off without a hitch.”

Officers found the girl buckled in the front seat without a child car seat.

The driver was arrested for investigation of multiple charges including attempting to elude, hit and run, reckless driving and reckless endangerment, troopers said.