Man drove over 70 mph with baby in backseat without seatbelt, police say

AUSTIN - A man has been accused of putting his toddler son in harm's way by driving over 70 mph without a child seat while evading the police. 

The suspect, identified as George Anthony Walker Jr., 30, was previously convicted of evading arrest in 2007, according to an arrest affidavit.

On Dec. 1, Walker was allegedly signaled by an officer for a traffic stop due to an unreadable temporary dealer tag, police said. However, Walker only picked up speed, ultimately exceeding 70 mph through a residential neighborhood with speed limits of 30 mph, police said. 

Walker's vehicle allegedly drove over a dip at a high-speed rate before landing on the ground, causing sparks to fly underneath it and the trunk to unlatch from the impact.

After two miles of traveling at high speeds and ignoring multiple stop signs, the vehicle came to a stop. According to the affidavit, Walker exited his car and told police his son was in the vehicle and was very young. 

Police said the child, who Walker said was four years old, was without a child seat, not buckled in and shaking in fear. However, the child's mother, who was contacted later by police, said the child was only two years old. 

According to the affidavit, drug paraphernalia was also found throughout Walker's vehicle. 

Walker has been charged with abandoning or endangering a child. His bond is set at $25,000.

According to online records, Walker is not currently in the Travis County Jail. 

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