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Johnson City police say man ran from traffic stop, abandoned child during chase

Staff Report • Feb 22, 2012 at 11:00 PM

A Bristol man who abandoned a child while running from Johnson City police was arrested Tuesday on several charges, including child abuse, police said in a news release.

Kedrick Harris, 24, 1713 Anderson St., Apt. 2, Bristol, was stopped for speeding, police said, and officers smelled marijuana as they spoke with Harris.

As police searched his vehicle, Harris fled on foot while carrying the child, but abandoned the child a short distance from where his vehicle was stopped, police said.

After a brief foot pursuit, police caught Harris and found the child.

Harris was charged with child abuse, evading arrest, possession schedule VI drugs, speeding and violation of the child restraint law.

Harris was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $12,000 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance Thursday.

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