Chesapeake man pleads guilty to throwing toddler over fence while eluding police

Posted at 1:30 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 13:32:20-04
Devonte Johnson

Devonte Johnson

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A Chesapeake man who is accused of crashing a car into a townhouse and then throwing a child over a fence pleaded guilty to felony charges Monday.

According to state police, a trooper attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle on I-64 EB west of Indian River Road on October 10, 2015.

After following the car off the interstate and turning on his sirens three times, the driver,  Devonte Johnson, pulled over. When the trooper approached the car, Johnson sped off.

Johnson turned onto Peppermill Lane in Virginia Beach at a high speed and lost control of the 2013 Dodge Charger, striking the corner of a townhouse.

According to a stipulation of facts filed with the plea, Johnson reached a speed of approximately 100 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone.

When Johnson was told to put his hands in the air he grabbed a child from the car and ran away.

Johnson then threw the child over a wooden fence and attempted to jump himself, but was caught by the trooper.

Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of Child Endangerment and Eluding Police.

Click here to read the entire stipulation of facts filed with the plea.

His sentencing is scheduled for August 23.

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