Charges: Man got in high-speed chase with infant in car
LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- A 42-year-old Lakewood man was arrested July 10 after getting into a high-speed chase with police while his infant child was in the backseat of the car, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.
According to the charging documents, a Lakewood Police Department officer spotted Kirk Matney driving a red Honda hatchback and doing 55 mph in a 25 mph zone shortly after 5 p.m.
The officer caught up with Matney in the 8500 block of Washington Boulevard Southwest as Matney was reaching speeds of 80 mph and driving in the center turn lane, according to the charging documents.
Matney reportedly refused to stop and nearly hit two cars as he turned left onto Interlaaken Boulevard Southwest.
Matney pulled into a driveway, got out of his car, and started rummaging around in the backseat. According to the charging documents, police would later find a large stick where Matney had been looking.
Matney resisted arrest, and the officer eventually used a choke hold to knock him out, according to the charging documents.
During the scuffle between Matney and the officer, a woman ran out of the home. She went to the Honda and pulled an infant out of the backseat.
The woman reportedly told officers Matney had been experiencing recent spikes in his bipolar behavior.
According to the charging documents, Matney told police he was hurrying home to take asthma medication. He later backtracked, telling police he wasn't actually having trouble breathing.
Matney reportedly apologized to police, saying, "I feel really stupid. I endangered my child. I feel really bad about that."
Matney has been charged with reckless driving, attempting to elude a pursuing vehicle, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.