HOUSTON A driver whose car was carrying two children sped away from a routine traffic stop Friday, leading deputies on a chase that came to a crashing end.

A Harris County sheriff s deputy reportedly noticed the children weren t riding in car seats and said the vehicle didn t have license plates. So he pulled the car over, authorities said.

The driver stepped out of the car and started talking with the deputy, but there apparently was some sort of argument. The driver jumped back into his vehicle and sped away, deputies said, leading them on a chase through the streets of northwest Harris County.

The chase wound up on a dead-end street, but even that didn t stop the fleeing motorist. He drove around a barricade and rolled into an open field, eventually slamming to a stop near a ditch.

Deputies pulled the two children a toddler and an infant from the car, cradling them in their arms until an ambulance arrived. They were both taken to a hospital, but they appeared to be unhurt.

Only thing I can think of is stupidity, especially over something like not having license plates on your car, said Rob Rice, an eyewitness to the crash. You re going to put your kids in danger? It s just silly.

The driver, whose name was not released, may be charged with evading arrest and endangering those two children, deputies said.

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