At about 2 p.m. Friday, officer B.J. McClure of the Seneca Police Department observed a red Pontiac Firebird driving aggressively down U.S. Highway 123 Bypass, prompting the officer to follow him eastbound, according to the incident report.
Upon McClure’s activation of his blue lights, the subject sped up, reaching speeds of more 80 mph. He then unexpectedly make a U-turn westbound, at which point he decelerated and stopped for McClure.
McClure, believing the driver may accelerate again, called for back up. When assistance arrived, McClure approached the door of the vehicle and told the subject to open the door and hand over his driver’s license. The subject allegedly then became belligerent, yelling that he had a suspended license and an ankle bracelet for habitual driving under suspension and driving under the influence.
The driver, Viktor Brock Baggett, was put in handcuffs and led away from the car when officers discovered a young boy asleep in the back seat. An investigation concluded the boy was the grandson of Debbie Smith, who had loaned the vehicle to her daughter, Kendra Dyer. Smith was unaware Baggett had the vehicle.
Inventory of the vehicle resulted in finding an amount of clonazepam. Clonazepam, a drug, is a benzodiazepine with psychoactive properties much like Valium and Xanax, of the same category. Like all Schedule IV drugs, it is illegal to sell or to possess without a valid prescription.
Baggett faces charges of driving under suspension, reckless driving, unlawful neglect of a child and possession of a scheduled narcotic.