As detectives attempted to apprehend 28-year-old Gilberto Dannil Diaz Jr. for an armed robbery warrant on June 5, Diaz chose to flee and led officers on a pursuit, according to the Springfield Police Department.
During the pursuit, Diaz allegedly threw narcotics from the vehicle and drove recklessly throughout the city, striking officers’ vehicles and causing three accidents with minor property damage, according to a news release.
As Diaz approached downtown Springfield, officers observed him forcing his 10-year-old daughter out of the car, nearly striking her with the vehicle as he attempted to make his getaway again, authorities said.
Officers stopped and assisted the shaken-up little girl before transporting her to youth aid.
A detective continued pursuing Diaz and forced his vehicle into a wooded area to prevent any further endangerment to the public, according to the news release.
Diaz was arrested on charges of failure to stop for a police officer, reckless operation, assault and battery by means of a motor vehicle, reckless behavior of a child, risk of injury to a child, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, trafficking in heroin, and possession with intent to distribute.
Diaz remains in custody on $100,000 bond and is due back in court on June 23.