The A&E show Live PD on Saturday night featured a car chase/crash/fight that happened in Columbia, South Carolina (in the same neighborhood as my college apartment, no less). As I watched the incident unfold on Saturday night, I thought, "This is going to make the news." Sure enough, it has.
A suspect is seen fleeing from police and then leading the officer on a 6 mile chase through the city before his vehicle crashes, landing on its hood. What happens after that is shocking. He grabs his not-quite-two-year-old child and tries running off with her as the child's arms and legs are flailing. The suspect then struggles with the officer...with the child in his arms!
The incident was disturbing for the officer, the audience and the hosts of Live PD. Click play below to watch it:
22-year-old Bryan Martin appeared in a Richland County court Sunday to face charges from the chase and crash. Those charges include child endangerment.
Martin’s bond for the child endangerment charge was set by a judge at $100,000. Another bond was set at $3,000 for lesser charges including driving under suspension and simple possession of marijuana. The judge ruled that Martin is not allowed to make any contact with his almost 2-year-old, the child in the car with him during the chase and crash. Martin broke down into tears in the courtroom when that ruling was announced.
If you haven't seen Live PD yet, it airs on A&E Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9pm. I say it's like a live COPS with a splash of ESPN.
Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me with so much love and support about last night. It was a long night and everyone is safe.— Chris Mastrianni (@MastrianniChris) July 9, 2017
Police face events like that everyday. What can we do to help them? How do we show them our love? How can we volunteer to prevent events..— Kassy Alia (@kassy_alia) July 9, 2017
What has been overlooked about tonight situation is that Chris Mastrianni brought the little girl a teddy bear. ALL HEART! #LivePD— Doug Keating (@Dougleaffan) July 9, 2017
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