JPD searching for suspect who fled crash scene, leaving 4 injured children

JPD searching for suspect who fled crash scene, leaving 4 injured children

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A man saying he was not going to jail on his birthday will face serious charges when police do arrest him.

Carlos Ellebb, 32, of Jonesboro faces a long list of felony and misdemeanor charges after crashing his SUV during a police chase early Tuesday morning. Following the crash, police say Ellebb ran off, leaving four injured children behind.

According to the initial incident report, an Officer Zachary McQuay spotted Ellebb traveling at a high rate of speed on Belt Street just after midnight.

When he attempted to stop Ellebb's Chevy Trailblazer, McQuay said Ellebb began accelerating.

Ellebb turned around in the McDonald's parking lot on East Johnson then traveled north on Russell. Near the intersection of Cedar Heights and Marshall, McQuay terminated the pursuit but continued to follow Ellebb's vehicle. He eventually lost sight of the SUV when it turned onto Pineview.

While patrolling the area, McQuay learned from Corporal Jon Wood that Ellebb's SUV had crashed into a guard rail at the end of Charles.

When McQuay arrived at the scene he found four children, ranging in age from 2 to 11, had been in the vehicle when it crashed. There were no child restraints inside the vehicle, the report stated.

All four children suffered minor injuries, including one who had a "deep laceration on her head."

Ellebb had fled the scene.

One of the children told officers Ellebb had said "I'm not going to jail on my birthday" before running away.

Officers, including a K9 unit, searched the area but could not find Ellebb.

EMS transported the children to a local hospital for treatment.

Ellebb faces four counts of first-degree child endangerment, fleeing, no child restraint, leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury, and a parole violation, all felonies.

He also faces misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, no vehicle license, no proof of liability insurance, tail lamps, and driving with a suspended license.

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