A husband and wife were arrested early Wednesday morning, accused of endangering their 2-year-old son's life when they fled from police during a traffic stop, Bellmead police Sgt. Kory Martin said.

William Jay Hill, 25, and Amanda Renee Loftin, 24, both of Bellmead, were traveling in a Dodge Dart without the headlights on at about 2 a.m. in the 1300 block of Behrens Circle, Martin said. Police tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver fled from police, he said.

Police followed the fleeing car until the driver, Loftin, lost control and came to a rest on an embankment in the 7200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Martin said. Hill and the couple's 2-year-old son were also in the car at the time of the crash, Martin said.

Hill and Loftin appeared to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, he said. The boy was not injured but was placed at risk, Martin said.

Police arrested Loftin on a second-degree felony charge of injury to a child and a state jail felony charge of evading in a vehicle. Martin said Hill resisted officers but was arrested on a second-degree felony charge of injury to a child and a Class A misdemeanor charge of resisting transport.

Loftin remained in McLennan County Jail on Wednesday with bond listed at $15,000. Hill also remained in custody with bond listed at $12,000.

Martin said the investigation remains ongoing and additional charges are pending.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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