Santa Rose Man Fled Police, Ditched Car with Infant Son Inside, Cops Say

At about 6:15 p.m. Friday, an officer saw Eric Diaz-Pineda, 22, of Santa Rosa, talking on a cell phone while driving a 1998 white BMW 320i sedan.

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    NBC 7 San Diego

    Santa Rosa police have arrested a suspected gang member who sped away from police then ditched his car, leaving his infant son behind.

    At about 6:15 p.m. Friday, an officer saw Eric Diaz-Pineda, 22, of Santa Rosa, talking on a cell phone while driving a 1998 white BMW 320i sedan.

    The officer turned on his lights and tried to stop Diaz-Pineda, but he sped away from the officer, running multiple neighborhood stop signs, police said.

    Then Diaz-Pineda abandoned his still-moving car, causing it to collide with an unoccupied, parked car in the 800 block of Coulter Street.

    Diaz-Pineda's 15-month-old infant son and his 21-year-old  girlfriend were still in the car when he ditched it, police said. 

    At 10:10 p.m. Saturday, police surrounded Diaz-Pineda's house in the 900 block of Kingwood Street.

    At 10:55 p.m., Diaz-Pineda agreed to voluntarily come out of the house and was arrested, police said.

    He was booked into the Sonoma County main adult detention facility for three outstanding arrest warrant and on suspicion of reckless evading and child endangerment, police said.

    The infant was properly restrained and was not injured, police said.

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