WATERLOO — A driver who abandoned three small children in a truck after a police chase ended in a crash was a fugitive living in Waterloo under an assumed name, authorities say.
Waterloo police arrested Delveccio Smith, 35, of 826 Beech St., around 3 p.m. Monday after he ran from his crashed pickup, leaving three children — ranging in age from under a year to 3 years old — unattended in the vehicle.
Smith was arrested for three counts of child endangerment, reckless driving, felony eluding, interference, possession of cocaine and contraband.
He was also cited for running a stop sign.
During an initial court appearance Tuesday, Assistant County Attorney Brian Williams said Smith was wanted by federal authorities, had an extensive criminal history in Minnesota and had been living in Waterloo for about a year under an alias.
Smith also attempted to alter his fingerprints while in the Black Hawk County Jail, Williams told the court.
Judge Joel Dalrymple set bond at $35,000.
Records show Smith had recently used the name Marckus McRoyal and has more than a dozen other aliases.
Smith also has a robbery conviction from Hennepin County, Minn., from 2001; a contraband conviction from Carlton County, Minn., from 2003; and federal crack cocaine conspiracy and firearm convictions from Minnesota in 2007.
While he was on release from the federal charges, he and another man were allegedly in possession of a .45-caliber Ruger handgun July 22, 2015, in Minnesota. That led to Smith and Jimmy Leeartis Martin being indicted for felon in possession of a firearm in October 2015.
Smith apparently remained at large until Monday when local police received information on his whereabouts from the U.S. Marshals. Patrol officers pulled over a Ford F-150 with dealer plates he was driving in the area of Ravenwood Road and St. Francis Drive, and he allegedly provided identification that had an alias, court records state.
When officers asked Smith to step out of the truck, he drove off, police said.
He drove into the parking lot at Crossroads Square Apartments on Ridgeway Avenue where struck two parked cars. He ran on foot but was captured moments later.
The children in the pickup truck weren’t injured, according to police.
When he was searched at the Black Hawk County Jail, deputies found cocaine, court records state.