Iredell County Sheriff’s deputies began pursuing Shelby Fraley after he reportedly blew through a driver’s license checkpoint on Shiloh Road at a high rate of speed. Deputies say they pursued the vehicle for a brief time until they realized a small child was inside and backed off.
The vehicle was found abandoned on at the end of Clements Road a short time later.
Deputies reportedly setup a perimeter around the area where the vehicle was located and deployed a K-9 unit. Fraley eventually ran out of a wooded area while holding the child, deputies say, in an effort to avoid the dog.
He was taken into custody and charged with the following offenses:
- Felony Flee to Elude in a Motor Vehicle
- Misdemeanor Child Abuse
- Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana
- Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Resist a Public Officer
- Failure to Secure a Passenger under 8 Years Old in Child Safety Seat, due to the child not being restrained
The child was turned over to the mother, according to the ICSO, pending an investigation.