A fight over what appears to be a child custody dispute in Clovis on Friday morning led to a high-speed chase and no arrests.
The dispute started around 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Century Elementary School, said Janet Stoll-Lee, spokeswoman for the Clovis Police Department. A man allegedly forced his estranged wife into, and then out of, a gray Toyota Camry.
As she was pushed out the car, a witness said she hit her head and was calling out, “my baby.” An infant was in the back seat of the car. She also placed a call on her cell phone and was heard yelling, “Help me.”
Police believe the suspect is Steve Castillo, 29. His estranged wife and their 2-year-old child have an emergency protective order against him.
The man driving the Camry went east on El Paso Avenue, turned south on Fowler Avenue, and then drove south on Carson Avenue. He stopped at an apartment at 195 N. Coventry Ave. in Clovis where a police officer confronted him. He then got back into the car alone, without the baby, and a high-speed chase ensued. With speeds hitting nearly 100 miles an hour, the pursuit was called eventually called off.
The grandmothers of the 2-year-old are caring for the child until the situation is resolved.
Anyone with information about the incident or Castillo’s whereabouts are asked to call Clovis Police at (559) 324-2800 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.