Video shows driver hitting spike strip after stealing SUV with baby inside in Asheboro, police say

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ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — A mother and her baby are reunited after an SUV was stolen with the child inside, according to the Asheboro police.

Monday morning, police arrested a suspect after a chase in Asheboro.

The sheriff’s office said an SUV was stolen with a young child in it outside of Harbor Freight Tools on East Dixie Drive in Asheboro.

The mother told police she parked her SUV in front of Harbor Freight Tools and went inside to pickup an item she had ordered.

The SUV was left running and unlocked with her 8-month-old child inside. While she was inside, the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old James Allen Harris, got in the SUV and drove away.

Officers learned where the SUV was from a cell phone that had been left inside. The location information was updated periodically by the cell phone company. Officers used the information to learn the SUV had left the city limits of Asheboro.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and sent deputies to the last location given. After numerous updates, the SUV was found, and deputies tried to pull it over.

The SUV refused to stop, and a pursuit began that went through areas south and west of Asheboro.

Harris and the baby were found when the pursuit ended on the 1100 block of Chamberlin Drive, about 4 miles away from the initial scene.

The child was uninjured and reunited with her mother.

Harris will be charged with kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Lorie Johnson at (336) 626-1300.

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