By Patrick Yost, Editor

A routine traffic stop on Saturday turned into more serious charges after a man allegedly fled the vehicle, leaving behind a 3-year-old male and 2-year-old female child.

According to Madison Police Department reports, Corp. Jeremy Hoffman allegedly observed Stephen Christopher Warren, 22, make an illegal pass of a vehicle on Pearl Street at approximately 7:50 p.m. Hoffman reported that he made eye contact with Warren and instructed him to stop the 2001 Mazda Protege he was driving.

The reports state that initially Warren slowed as if to stop, but then sped up and turned into the yard of a Pearl Street residence.

When Officer Hoffman reached the vehicle, reports state, it was without a driver and the two children were located unrestrained in the back seat of the Mazda.

The children’s mother arrived at the scene and reported that she and Warren had been at a family outing and that Warren had left the outing with the children. A search of the area failed to produce Warren, reports state. Hoffman said he located one opened beer and an unopened beer near the center console of the vehicle.

He also reported that Warren had an outstanding arrest warrant issued for a child support obligation and for failure to appear in court.

Reports state that he also was operating a vehicle with a suspended registration and that his Georgia driver’s license had been suspended.

Currently Warren faces charges of fleeing and attempting to elude, unsafe passing, two counts unrestrained children, open container violation, driving while license suspended, suspended registration and expired registration.

The children were released to their mother and the vehicle was towed. Arrest warrants have been issued for Warren.