LI Man Arrested After Fleeing Police with Kids in Car

Saturday, Oct 1, 2011  |  Updated 10:26 PM EDT
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LI Man Arrested After Fleeing Police with Kids in Car

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A Long Island man was arrested Friday after fleeing from police and crashing his car through a fence with his two young children in the car.

Police say Cornell James, 25, was driving erratically Friday evening in Central Islip when they attempted to pull him over.
 
James continued to drive, and the police officers initiated a brief pursuit, as the suspect knocked over a stop sign and crashed through a fence on a residential street, according to authorities.
 
The driver then left his sons, ages 1 and 6,  in the car and fled on foot before he was taken into custody in the backyard of a home.
 
James was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful fleeing a police officer in a car, along with other charges. He was also issued numerous traffic summonses, including failing to have a child in an authorized car seat.
 
The two children were being cared for by their grandmother. Police said there were drugs in the car.

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