Man jumps out of moving car, leaving a child in moving vehicle

Jamell Nellons

A Syracuse man was arrested after jumping out of a moving car and leaving a child in the moving vehicle.

According to the Syracuse Police Department, at 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Jamell Nellons, of Syracuse, drove away from officers who were trying to pull him over.

Police say that after officers chased Nellons for several blocks, Nellons jumped out of the car while it was still moving on the 200 block of Woodlawn Terrace and ran away.

Nellons was caught after a short foot chase.

Police say Nellons was in possession of crack cocaine when he was apprehended.

When police returned to Nellons car they discovered that he had left his 8-year-old stepson in the car when he jumped out and let the car roll away with no driver, according to officials. The child was not injured.

The child was released to his mother and Child Protective Services was notified of the incident.

Nellons was arrested on multiple charges including criminal possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment.

He was arraigned in Syracuse on Thursday morning. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and no bail was given. He is due back in court on October 1 for a preliminary examination.