By Associated Press - Sunday, May 24, 2015

WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say two Washington men led an Oregon state trooper on a car chase that topped 100 mph - with a toddler unrestrained in the backseat.

The chase began Saturday night when the Oregon State Police trooper stopped a speeding 1998 Mercedes on Interstate 5, about 23 miles south of Portland. As the officer approached the vehicle, it sped off, and the trooper returned to his car and pursued it northbound.

Authorities say the vehicle merged onto Interstate 205, but appeared to have mechanical issues, as it was smoking and slowing down. The driver exited the highway, stopped the car and bolted into a thicket of blackberries.

Police sent in a canine to help arrest him. He was identified as 21-year-old Kyler Wayne Lawrence of Kent, Washington.

A 2-year-old child was in the car with the passenger, identified as 21-year-old Devin Lee Hoffman, of Tacoma. Hoffman was booked for endangering a minor, and the child was reunited with responsible family members.

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