- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say they believe a man instructed his 4-year-old daughter to break into homes and steal from stores as the two travelled from Bernalillo County to Texas.

Torrance County Sheriff Heath White says 32-year-old Jered McMeans was arrested Monday after driving with his daughter across the state on a crime spree.

Deputies responding to a possible kidnapping report spotted McMeans at a truck stop near Interstate 40.

Authorities pursued McMeans, who was reportedly driving a stolen Ford Explorer. McMeans plowed through an open field before White stopped him by striking the vehicle.

Court documents say the girl had cuts on her legs and lips. White says she is being held by the state until relatives from Louisiana can pick her up.

McMeans remains in the Torrance County Detention Center.

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