Metro man arrested after leading police on pursuit with sleeping baby in back seat

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro man has been arrested after leading police on a pursuit with a sleeping baby in the back seat.

It happened on Sunday near NW 36th and Drexel.

“I don’t know why he was running from the police. All he had to do was pull over and see what they wanted,” Bessie Bruner told News 4.

Bessie is talking about her neighbor, 20-year-old Semaj Thomas, who she watched do exactly that.

“He was coming down this street here driving real fast. He was driving real fast, and then the police came up behind him and they shot up this street,” she said.

That was after Thomas allegedly ran a red light at NW 36th and Drexel and refused to stop when an officer tried to pull him over.

“The police cut the lights on him and, from that point, I guess he took them on a run around the block a few times,” said Terrill Bruner, Bessie’s son who also witnessed the pursuit.

After that, Thomas came to a stop at an apartment complex near NW 38th and Hartford, let out a passenger who took off running and then took off again. He made the same loop around the block and then made his final stop at the apartment complex once again.

“What made it really unique was, when the officers walked up to check the car, there was a 14-month old child asleep,” said Msgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Thankfully, the baby was not hurt.

“If a parent is doing that, that’s ridiculous. A parent shouldn’t put the child in danger like that,” Terrill said.

“He just needs to slow his roll. That’s it,” Bessie said.

According to a police report, Thomas told officers he didn’t stop because he doesn’t have a driver’s license.

Thomas was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail. His passenger was never caught.

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