OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A man was taken into custody after a bizarre incident involving a car fire in Oklahoma City.
Shortly after midnight on Thursday, Oklahoma City police were called to the area of N.W. 33rd and N. Western Ave. after receiving a report of a car on fire with a child inside.
As officers were heading to the scene, they learned that the driver was running from the vehicle with the child.
By the time police arrived at the scene, the car was fully engulfed in flames.
Witnesses told investigators that the driver was hiding between houses along N.W. 34th St. with a child.
According to the arrest affidavit, Caleb Ruth was seen hanging the child over the fence and dropping her before jumping the fence himself.
When officers attempted to chase after Ruth, the report states that he pushed the officer down to the ground.
Ruth reportedly continued running through the backyard and threw the child over a second fence.
Eventually, he fell with the child in his arms and was taken into custody.
“After investigation, it was found that [Ruth] was observed driving the vehicle with the child inside, and had to be stopped and informed that his vehicle was on fire,” the report stated.
Ruth was arrested on complaints of driving under the influence, assault and battery on a police officer, child endangerment, and resisting an officer.
“It should be noted [Ruth] was not cooperating with officers at all in the entirety of their interactions. He continuously used vulgar language and racial slurs towards officers,” the report said.
Officials say Ruth wouldn’t provide any information about the child’s relatives, so she was taken into protective custody.