December 19, 2014

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Man leads police on chase after saying his son was sick

Joel Garcia

Joel Garcia

LORAIN — A Lorain driver accused of leading police on a chase after he said his son was sick faces charges.

Joel R. Garcia was stopped for speeding around 11:40 a.m. Thursday after crossing the Henderson Bridge, according to a police report, and that Garcia was argumentative and said he was speeding because he needed to get to his young son who was sick.

Garcia drove off at a speed of about 50 mph in a 25 mph zone before he could be issued a citation and nearly struck a vehicle at Kansas Avenue and Crehore Street, the report said. Garcia stopped at the Longfellow Middle School parking lot and ran from his car.

When police caught Garcia, Garcia resisted being handcuffed and had to be slammed to the ground. Hargreaves said he later found out that Garcia’s son had a headache and was still in a classroom.

Garcia, 34, of the 1600 block of East 30th Street, was charged with resisting arrest, reckless driving on public property, disorderly conduct, speeding and a stop-sign violation. Garcia has convictions for speeding and a red light violation in 2013.