Man allegedly crawls through moving car to avoid police
A Delaware man is accused of jumping out of the driver's seat and crawling through his car to avoid police in Manheim Township.
Southwestern Regional Police say Shawn Robert Walker tried to get his wife to drive when an officer attempted to pull his vehicle over.
When his wife refused to drive, police say he let go of the steering wheel and jumped into the back seat, where a 4-year-old sat.
Walker, 39, of Bridgeville, is charged with endangering child welfare, providing false identification to law enforcement and summary traffic violations.
Pulled over: Southwestern Regional Police Officer Brandon Nolan was driving west on Blooming Grove Road about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, when he saw a white Hyundai Santa Fe go through a stop sign at Sinsheim Road without stopping, charging documents state.
Nolan turned his lights and sirens on, and the Santa Fe started to pull off the road, police said. The vehicle continued traveling about 30 mph, documents state.
Nolan saw a lot of movement coming from the front seat area of the car, and it appeared that two people were fighting inside the car, police said.
The vehicle jerked back toward the side of the road before stopping near Blue Hill Road, police said.
Nervous: When Nolan approached the vehicle, a woman, identified as Walker's wife, appeared nervous, charging documents state.
When asked why she didn't stop, and why it looked like she had been fighting someone in the front seat, she told police her son had a bad cold and started to choke in the back seat, police said.
She told Nolan she turned around to check on him, documents allege.
Nolan looked into the back seat and saw the child, who did not cough or seem to be in distress, according to police. Nolan noticed the passenger seat in the back folded down, documents state.
He then asked the woman to step out of the car so he could search it.
Wrong name: She gave him permission to search the car, and police say she denied anything illegal being in the vehicle.
The officer noticed the rear passenger seat was now upright, court documents allege. He opened the rear gate of the vehicle and saw a blanket with a man under it, police said.
Charging documents state that the man identified himself using the name of Walker's wife's brother.
He was detained and placed in the rear of the Nolan's cruiser.
The officer spoke with Walker's wife, who told her that the man was not who he identified himself as but actually was her "soon to be ex husband" Walker, court documents allege.
She said once the officer attempted to pull them over, Walker told her to take the wheel, police said. When she refused, Walker let go of the wheel and jumped into the back seat while the car was still in motion, according to charging documents.
Police say his actions caused the car to jerk to the side of the roadway.
When the officer spoke with Walker, Walker continued to identify himself as the other man, documents state. When Nolan said Walker's real name, police say Walker asked "who's that?" and asked how he heard the name.
Nolan searched Walker and found a bank card belonging to "Shawn Walker," police said.
While inside the cruiser, Walker admitted to jumping into the back seat after his wife refused to take the wheel, according to charging documents.
Additionally, police say, Walker had an active warrant for his arrest in Wicomico County, Maryland.
Walker was arraigned at central booking Thursday night, and he posted $10,000 bail.
A phone number could not be found for him, and it's not clear if he has an attorney. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at District Judge Thomas Reilly's office.
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