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Woman with toddler in car leads police on chase, charged with child abuse

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Elyshia Wilson is charged with child abuse after police say she fled from officers in Delray Beach. (WPEC)

Police in Delray Beach arrested a mother at gunpoint with a one-year-old child in her car after they say she ran a stop sign and fled from police.

The pursuit ended on Interstate 95, miles after officers used stop sticks to flatten the tires on the fleeing car.

It happened Thursday night just before 7 p.m.

Police on patrol said they saw a Volkswagen Jetta run a stop sign at SW 12th Avenue and SW 2nd Street.

The officers tried to pull the car over but the driver kept going "at a high rate of speed" along SW 11th Avenue.

Officers stopped the pursuit, but kept a visual on the fleeing car. Another patrol car deployed stop sticks near East Atlantic and SW 12th Avenue, striking the front and rear tires of the car.

Police said the fleeing car turned north onto I-95 and came to a stop about a half-mile short of the Woolbright Road exit.

According to the arrest report, one officer withdrew his gun and pointed it at the driver, identified as 23-year-old Elyshia Wilson. The officer said she began screaming uncontrollably with her hands outside the car. She also had a cell phone in her hand. The officer told her to drop the cell phone and get on the ground. She complied.

Police found a one-year-old boy in the back seat of the car, buckled up in a child restraint.

Wilson told police she ran from officers because the car was not registered and she didn't want to be arrested, the report said.

Wilson appeared in court Friday morning on charges of child abuse, fleeing police, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and no motor vehicle registration.

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