By MATT BLAKE
PUBLISHED: 03:23 EST, 23 August 2012 | UPDATED: 05:54 EST, 23 August 2012
- Vilary Reed, 23, stole the Ford Crown Victoria on Detroit’s 8 Mile Road
- He was meant to be babysitting the 21-month-old boy, believed to be his son
- After crashing in a garden, he handed the baby to a bystander and ran away
- Onlooker: ‘He handed her the baby. The baby was crying. He just told her to hide me! hide me’
- He was arrested attempting to climb through residential gardens
Babysitting can be a difficult job, not least because young children require constant entertaining.
But taking one on a hair-raising police chase in a hijacked car before crashing into a garden is taking it too far.
This is the horrifying moment Vilary Reed, 23, fled his stolen vehicle as officers closed in… while carrying a 21-month-old boy in his arms.
He stole the Ford Crown Victoria on Detroit’s 8 Mile Road while he was supposed to be babysitting the youngster, believed to be his son.
Bad babysitting: Vilary Reed can be seen fleeing the stolen car with a baby under his left arm
Getaway: Determined to give officers the slip, Reed leapt out of the car and handed the baby to a shocked bystander before running off. The scene was captured on a camera mounted on a pursuing police car
But when police attempted to stop him, suspecting the car was stolen, he sped off, leading them on a high-speed chase along the highway made famous by rapper Eminem’s 2002 film by the same name.
With apparently no thought for his ward’s safety, Reed jumped red lights as he weaved in and out of traffic in his attempted getaway.
But he soon lost control of the car and crashed onto the lawn of a resident’s house.
Caught: Reed is currently on parole for a conviction of fleeing and eluding and has previous convictions for receiving and concealing stolen vehicles dating back to 2007
Hellbent on giving officers the slip, Reed leapt out of the car with the baby and handed it to a shocked bystander before running off.
‘He handed her the baby. The baby was crying. He just told her to hide me! hide me!’ John Abner, the husband of the woman to whom he handed the baby, told ABC’s Detroit affiliate, WXYZ-TV.
Minutes later police caught Reed attempting to climb through gardens behind the houses near the crash.
The scene was captured on a camera mounted on the hood of a police car.
‘Reed ran through stop signs, sped, and lost control and crashed at Pennington and Pembroke,’ police said in a report.
‘When Reed emerged from the car, he was carrying a 21-month-old baby boy in his arms. Reed ran from police while carrying the baby.’
The unnamed baby was taken to Ferndale Police Station and checked for injuries and signs of trauma but none was found.
It is understood that Reed is the boy’s father and was babysitting when the incident unfolded at around 6pm on Tuesday.
The baby is the son of the suspect’s live-in girlfriend, and is now back with his mother while Child Protective Services investigates.
The case is to be handed over the prosecutor’s office where charges will be decided.
Reed is currently on parole for a conviction of fleeing and eluding and has previous convictions for receiving and concealing stolen vehicles dating back to 2007.