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Man contests deputy's claim he threw child over wall

Lance Cody Wallis Lance Cody Wallis

A valley man has been accused of driving drunk, crashing his car, running from the scene, and throwing his 4-year-old child over a block wall. But that man told FOX 10 the sheriff's office got it wrong and he's telling his side of the story.

The accusations against this man were all laid out in these court documents. An off-duty sheriff's deputy noticed him driving erratically.

Moments later that deputy claims he spotted the suspect's car, saw him and a passenger running away, then watched as the suspects threw his 4-year-old child over a wall as he tried to get away.

As you'll hear the suspect tells a very different story.

40-year-old Lance Wallis admits to driving drunk and crashing Saturday night. But he disputes the sheriff's office version of happened next.

"Absolutely 100 percent I was wrong for that. And I take full responsibility for that. But I don't take responsibility for anything this officer said because I didn't know he was an officer," Wallis said.

Wallis was driving in the area of RH Johnson Road and Granite Valley in Sun City West when he drove up onto the sidewalk area.

An off-duty sheriff's deputy wasn't far behind and as he approached the scene, he claims in court documents that he heard the suspect yelling "run, run."

The deputy claims he was in full uniform and yelled "stop sheriff's office" -- then moments later he allegedly witnessed Wallis throw his 4-year-old son over a block wall.

The deputy says he heard the child say "please daddy come back, don't leave me."

"When that gun was drawn I was scared for me and my son's life. I never threw my kid over the wall, never once threw my kid over the wall."

Wallis, who didn't want to his face shown on camera, says he only sat his child on the wall. He also claims the deputy was not in uniform and never identified himself.

"I thought he was a rogue citizen trying to make a new name for himself in the newspaper, cause he had seen an accident and when he jumped out and brandished his weapon that was the end for me, I couldn't stick around."

Wallis also told us that one of the responding deputies had his wife with him that night, who we've confirmed was an "approved citizen observer."

Wallis faces charges of reckless driving, DUI, aggravated DUI with a passenger under 15, endangerment child abuse and three types of aggravated assault.

According to deputies, an open container of beer was found in Wallis' car and he had a blood alcohol level of .143.

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