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July 8, 2008

High-speed chase ends with arrest

Officers surprised to see baby onboard man’s car

THOMASVILLE — A high-speed chase in Grady County Monday resulted in an injured deputy and an arrest, officials said.

Higinio Garcia, 22, was taken into custody after a high-speed chase involving law enforcement, Sheriff Harry Young said Tuesday. Garcia’s one-year-old son was also in the vehicle during the chase.

“There was a Hispanic male in the front seat and he was not strapped in,” the sheriff said. “It is a miracle the child was not killed. We had no idea because we couldn’t see him during the chase. As Garcia was being arrested, he was hollering, ‘Baby in car! Baby in car!’”

The pursuit began on Ga. 111 South near Calvary around 5 p.m. and ended at Garcia’s residence, 34 Fourth Avenue NW, Cairo, at 5:18 p.m. Grady County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a motorist, Paul Jernigan, of Havana, Fla., who spotted Garcia’s vehicle swerving through traffic.

“He said Garcia was running all over the road, running vehicles off the road and almost hitting them head-on,” Young said. “Someone could have been killed. He pulled off the road and Mr. Jernigan pulled behind him so he could try to get his keys, but Garcia sped off at a high rate of speed. Mr. Jernigan followed and called authorities with the mile marker information.”

Investigator Daniel Singletary said Cpl. Kelvin Nixon and Deputy Jake Bush responded to the call, intercepting the vehicle on Ga. 111 near Wight Nurseries. They attempted a traffic stop, but Garcia fled.

“He was traveling at a high rate of speed and driving very recklessly,” Singletary said. “He was heading into town. I think it was the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard where Kelvin Nixon got in front of him to try to slow him down. He was trying to clear the intersection, but Garcia rammed him from behind and pushed him through it.”

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