MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A North Carolina state trooper is being credited with rescuing a 3-year-old boy who was allegedly kidnapped by his father in Mt. Pleasant, setting off an AMBER Alert.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says Trooper Michael Miles located Michael Ramirez and his 3-year-old son in a field just over the North Carolina border. Ramirez was allegedly using his son as a shield. Highway Patrol says thanks to Trooper Miles' "quick action," the child was able to break free. As Ramirez was arrested, Trooper Miles carried the child to safety.
Mt. Pleasant Police say Ramirez had threatened his wife with a knife at an apartment along Anna Knapp Blvd. Tuesday evening. He left with the child, triggering an Amber Alert.
Alerted drivers notified law enforcement after spotting the suspect vehicle along I-95 near mile marker 194. After attempting to stop the car, Highway Patrol says Ramirez sped up and crashed the vehicle at an exit ramp. Ramirez then allegedly ran into a wooded area with the child, where he was later located by Trooper Miles.
Ramirez is expected to be extradited back to Charleston County, where he will face charges, according to Mt. Pleasant Police. Highway Patrol says he will also face charges in North Carolina.