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Man flees police, abandons 7-year-old in vehicle

Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 6:42 PM
Last updated Monday, Aug 4, 2014 5:02 AM
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An Augusta man abandoned a 7-year-old boy in his car while running from a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy Saturday, officials say.

About 7:35 p.m., Deputy Joseph Hawkins was driving on Bungalow Road near Richmond Hill Road when he recognized a white Cadil­lac Fleetwood from a traffic stop in late July, according to an incident report.

After running the vehicle’s tags, Hawkins learned that the car’s registration had been suspended and that it was uninsured. The driver refused to stop and Hawkins gave chase, and the driver ditched the car in the 100 block of Duncans Road.

After Hawkins lost sight of the fleeing suspect, he returned to the vehicle to find a boy sitting in the back seat. The child’s mother was called to pick him up.

The suspect, Juan Valdez Lan­ders, was identified by his driver’s license, which was found in a Bible in the rear of the vehicle.

Hawkins obtained a warrant against Landers on a charge of reckless conduct, with citations for driving while unlicensed, driving on suspended registration, no valid insurance and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

As of Sunday afternoon, jail records didn’t show Landers had been arrested.

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corgimom
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corgimom 08/03/14 - 07:24 pm
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Hope the officer had a tag

Hope the officer had a tag reader in his patrol car!

Juan Valdez Landers was on the way to get some Folger's coffee.

(Baby boomers will get that)

But there is no sorrier excuse for a man that would endanger a child so that his sorry behind wouldn't get arrested.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 08/03/14 - 08:40 pm
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Correction

The driver is no man. He's a coward.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 08/03/14 - 08:49 pm
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Endangering the

life of a child? That needed to be listed also.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/04/14 - 07:46 am
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Folgers causes all of that??

Dang...just double dog dang.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/04/14 - 09:35 am
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If the best I could do was to

If the best I could do was to take up with a convicted felon, I'd be an old maid.

These foolish women take up with these men, and then wonder why bad things happen. Hello? What did they expect?

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jimmymac 08/04/14 - 10:11 am
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You're asking the same question I've asked repeatedly. What is wrong with women? You take up with thugs and wonder why bad things happen. Set your sights a little higher unless you're as much as a low life as they are.

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AutumnLeaves 08/04/14 - 03:04 pm
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Just because a man is driving

corgimom: Just because a man is driving a woman's child around with him, doesn't mean the mother has taken up with him. You're assuming a lot. He could be her brother, an uncle, and so on.

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