Officers stopped a slow-speed pursuit of a stolen car Thursday when they realized the fleeing driver had a small child on her lap.
The car was taken about 3:15 p.m. from the Rapid City Public Library by a woman who was left in the car while her friend was in the library, according to police spokeswoman Tarah Heupel.
An officer spotted the missing car near St. Patrick Street and Mount Rushmore Road. The driver refused to pull over, leading police on a brief chase at speeds of between 40 and 45 miles per hour.
The pursuit traveled south on Seventh Street, then east on St. Francis Street and then south on Fifth Street, where the car ran a red light at Fifth and Texas streets.
It was there that the officer spotted the unrestrained child and ended the chase.
Police have identified the suspect and the investigation is ongoing.