Man to serve 2 years for throwing toddler over fence during police pursuit

Mugshot: Devonte Jamar Johnson (Courtesy: VBPD)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The man accused of throwing a toddler over the fence during a police chase will serve two years in prison.

Devonte Johnson was sentenced to seven years in prison, with five years suspended. Johnson pleaded guilty in May to child endangerment charges stemming from an October 2015 incident.

Man pleads guilty to throwing toddler over fence during pursuit

A state police trooper spotted a car — which was being driven by Johnson — traveling 75 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 64. Johnson reportedly got off the highway and onto Indian River Road.

He did not stop, despite the officer sounding his sirens three times. Johnson eventually crashed into a townhouse, with a child in the front seat with no seat belt on.

Authorities say Johnson reached speeds as high as 100 mph during the chase. Johnson threw the child over a 6-foot privacy fence as he ran from the trooper.

Johnson was apprehended after he attempted to climb the fence.

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