Police: Man drives with 4-year-old on motorcycle, drugs in pocket

by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:

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MONROE —

A Monroe man is facing child abuse charges after police say he was caught driving a motorcycle with a 4-year-old boy on the back -- and drugs in his pockets.

Monroe police arrested Joshua Robinson Saturday afternoon after a patrol officer spotted him allegedly running a stop sign.

Officers had been searching for Robinson after a concerned driver called 911 and said she was fearful for the child on the back of the motorcycle.

"I seen him going over that hill, and he started going faster, and I'm just concerned for the baby," the caller told the 911 dispatcher.

Under state law, it is not illegal for children to be passengers on motorcycles, but they are required to wear helmets and have special foot pegs that their legs can reach.

Investigators charged Robinson with child abuse after they said they found cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession during the traffic stop.

Police did not say if Robinson was the boy's father, or simply a family friend, but did tell Channel 9 he did not have a valid driver's license.