Alleged high-speed chase driver appears in court
Eduardo Garcia, 34, is facing three felony charges for allegedly taking police on a high-speed chase through Perham Jan. 8.
The Perham Police Department's complaints against Garcia started the evening of Jan. 7, when a woman called to report that he had agreed to give her a ride home, but once in the vehicle, refused to drop her off, according to the court complaint.
Unable to convince Garcia to stop the vehicle next to her home, the women reported she exited the vehicle while it was still moving, resulting in her rolling out and into the dirt.
Another call against Garcia was later made by an attendant at The Oasis, who alleged Garcia took a 12-pack of beer and walked out the back door without paying.
Police officers drove to Garcia's home, but did not find him at the residence.
At around 4:30 a.m. the next morning, a clerk at Oasis reported Garcia had returned, but was not allowed back into the store.
Police responded in time to see Garcia's vehicle pulling out of the parking lot. Police followed Garcia down Fort Thunder Road, Harvest Avenue and 435th Street, where Garcia's speed accelerated to 80 mph before hitting a patch of ice and crashing his vehicle.
Seemingly unhurt from the accident, Garcia was approached by the police. After initially refusing a breath test, a preliminary test was administered, revealing a .255 blood alcohol content.
Garcia told officers he had consumed a case of beer.
Garcia is facing felony charges for fleeing a peace officer, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and refusing to submit to a chemical test.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 23. His plea has not yet been entered.