Published: Oct 27, 2010 4:35 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 27, 2010 1:35 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in Florida's Gulf coast say they arrested a man who was found to have a 3-year-old in his vehicle after leading deputies on a car chase.

Authorities say the man had initially approached a group of non-uniformed patrol deputies and offered to sell them illegal painkillers. They say he then fled in his van, striking a deputy. After the man was taken into custody, authorities say they heard a child in the vehicle. The child wasn't in a safety seat.

Authorities say the man was taken to a hospital and then jailed. He faces various charges including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.