Update: Man charged after fleeing police, leaving infant in car
(ABC 6 News) – A Rochester man has been arrested for fleeing police after a traffic stop, leaving his 7-month son in his car on the hottest day of the year.
Sean Blass, 29, was charged Tuesday with gross misdemeanor burglary (entering a home) and fleeing a peace officer on foot.
At about 10:46 p.m. Monday, June 20, Rochester police say Blass’ vehicle cut off another vehicle at 11th Avenue SE and Center Street, RPD Capt. Casey Moilanen said.
After seeing the car make a lane change without signaling, officers pulled him over.
Blass, the driver, reportedly exited the car and approached officers, while an adult male passenger got out and stood by the vehicle.
When police told Blass to return to his vehicle, he allegedly began to comply, then ran off on foot.
Officers pursued Blass, and called in other police officers and members of the state patrol.
One responder approached the car and passenger, and noticed an infant in the back seat.
Moilanen said the referred charge of child endangerment is based on the extreme heat Monday.
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Officers located Blass in the entryway of a residence in the 800 block of 4th Street SE, which he did not own.
He was taken to Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.
His adult passenger was interviewed and released, and Mayo Clinic Ambulance checked and medically cleared the 7-month-old.
The infant was taken home by his mother, Moilanen said.