Baby Found Left In Car After High Speed Chase in Utica Ends With Arrest, Heroin Charges
A toddler was found left in the back seat of a car yesterday after the vehicle was found abandoned in a lot following a high speed chase in Utica and New York Mills.
Officers attempted to pull over 30-year old Robert Cooper during the afternoon hours of Thursday, September 5, 2013 after he had allegedly passed several cars stopped at a red light, and gone through the light. A high speed chase ensued, with officers eventually giving up the chase because it was deemed too dangerous for other cars on the road.
New York Mills Police followed the driver back into Utica, where officers say they witnessed Cooper throwing things out of the car window while he was driving.
Officers say they stopped the pursuit again because of the danger to other traffic in the area, and found Cooper's car in the lot on York and Maple Streets. The baby was found in the back seat. Cooper was found in a nearby house where Utica Police arrested him.
While taking him into custody police found glassine envelopes which contained heroin.
Cooper is now facing charges which include endangering the welfare of a child, drug possession, reckless driving, and fleeing police along with twenty traffic violations.
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