By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 6, 2018
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Authorities in Bainbridge are looking for a man accused of crashing his car while fleeing from a traffic stop and then leaving a young child alone in the wrecked vehicle.
Bainbridge Public Safety says just after 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, an officer pulled over a vehicle near the intersection of MLK Jr. Drive and Lamar Street. As the officer walked up to the vehicle, he said he smelled marijuana and saw a young child standing on the seat.
When the officer asked the driver to step out of the car, the driver, later identified as Aaron Jones, sped off. BPS says Jones ran a red light at MLK Jr. Drive and Sims Street before hitting a road sign and crashing into a fence at Wheat Avenue.
When police approached the car, the driver's door was open and Jones was nowhere to be found. The child was crying in the backseat but appeared to be uninjured.
Multiple witnesses told police they saw Jones get out of the wrecked car and run north towards the railroad tracks. Officers searched the area for Jones but were unable to find him.
A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a child’s backpack, which contained two baggies of spice, one baggy of ecstasy tablets, two baggies of powder cocaine, digital scales and eight 9mm bullets.
Investigators are actively searching for Jones and several warrants for his arrest have been obtained. If you have any information on Jones' whereabouts, please call Officer Jayson Myers or Investigator Mark Esquivel at 229-248-2038.