A man is in jail after attempting to evade police while driving with his infant child in the car on U.S. Highway 101 in unincorporated Monterey County Saturday evening, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said. Kongmeng Moua, 58, of Fresno, was driving his 1998 white Chevrolet Suburban on southbound Highway 101 through Salinas when a sheriff’s deputy spotted him driving apparently under the influence, the sheriff’s office said.
A traffic stop was initiated but Moua fled, driving as fast as 70 miles per hour, with deputies in pursuit, according to the sheriff’s office. While fleeing, Moua appeared to dispose a granular substance out of the window, the sheriff’s office said. Moua stopped his car just north of Chualar and deputies took him into custody. Deputies noticed a 1-year-old girl face down in the passenger side floor, and later determined her to be Moua’s daughter, according to the sheriff’s office.
The girl was examined by paramedics and was deemed healthy, but she was transported to a hospital as a precaution, the sheriff’s office said. The mother of the girl reported her missing around 5 p.m. Saturday after Moua took the infant from her home without permission, according to the sheriff’s office. She was notified when deputies found her, and picked her up from the hospital this morning, the sheriff’s office said. Moua was booked into the Monterey County Jail on suspicion of felony child endangerment, evading arrest and DUI-related charges.
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