A man police say led them on a chase a year ago at speeds over 100 miles an hour with his 3-year-old daughter in the car before wrecking has accepted a plea bargain.
27-year-old Jose muro was charged evading arrest and with an injury to a child caused by recklessness. He accepted a plea bargain for 10 years, suspended to probation, and on the injury to a child charge, he got 2 years in state jail but suspended to 5 years probation.
Police say the chase began when they tried to stop a Volkswagen beetle on Central Freeway near Maurine with no headlights on.
They say the driver took off south at over 100 miles an hour, weaving in and out of traffic, with a young girl standing up in the back seat. They broke off the chase– but later discovered the car had rolled over at the sharp curve on Highway 79.
The girl was thrown about 25 feet and witnesses say when they went to help Muro crawled out of the car yelling “don’t touch her!” then picked her up and ran. More than 7 hours later, Muro was spotted about a quarter mile from the crash scene carrying the girl– and both of them were soaking wet. Doctors say the girl suffered a broken arm.