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A Fort Wayne man was arrested about 3 p.m. Wednesday after police said they found him intoxicated in his car with a young child, before he left the child in the car and ran from police.

When a passer-by approached 24-year-old Cameron J. Richardson’s car, which was stopped in the middle of the street, the man found Richardson passed out in the car, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The man told police he yelled at Richardson, of the 1900 block of Vermont Avenue, to try to wake him but got no response.

As the car started to roll forward in the middle of Kirkwood Drive, the man again yelled at Richardson, who stopped the car before the passer-by put it in park and took the keys, the report said.

The man spotted a nearby police van and waved the officer to the car.

The officer wrote in the report that a boy who appeared to be about a year old was in a car seat in the back of the car, and Richardson was so lethargic that he could not speak to the officer.

Despite his apparent condition, Richardson then bolted from the car, leaving the child behind, as the officer and the passer-by gave chase, the affidavit said.

When police searched the car, they said they found a material inside that field-tested positive for synthetic marijuana.

Richardson was arrested on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated with a passenger younger than 18, operating while intoxicated, neglect of a dependent, driving while suspended, synthetic drug possession, paraphernalia possession and two counts of resisting law enforcement.

He was being held Thursday evening in lieu of $8,000 bail, according to Allen County Lockup.