Driver leads Spencer police on chase with toddler daughter in vehicle

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A Graettinger man faces charges of child endangerment, eluding and a slew of other traffic violations after he led Spencer police on a chase Saturday afternoon with his 16-month-old daughter in the vehicle.

The driver, 40-year-old Frederick Connie, was eventually taken into custody, but not before trying to evade police.

The Spencer Police Department stated in a press release that at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday it had responded to a report of a two-vehicle hit and run accident at Seventh Street and Grand Avenue.

Just moments later, responding officers found the suspected vehicle on the south side of town.

But at that time, when police tried to stop the vehicle, it tried to elude police. The vehicle committed several traffic offenses, the news release stated, and led police toward the city limits west on 360th Street.

The vehicle reached speeds over 85 mph, police stated.

Police continued pursuing the vehicle when it made a U-turn at the 360th Street and 200th Avenue intersection and stopped for police.

Connie was taken into custody.

Officers found that Connie had his 16-month-old daughter with him in the vehicle. She was not harmed during the pursuit.

Connie was charged with eluding and child endangerment, both aggravated misdemeanors; reckless driving, no valid driver’s license, speeding, failure to obey a stop sign and failure to obey a traffic control device.

Connie was booked into the Clay County Jail.

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