WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man was arrested and another cited for allegedly stealing a motor vehicle over the weekend and driving it at a high rate of speed along one of Worthington's busiest streets while intoxicated.
Court documents say Victor A. Garcia, 25, was stopped around 10 p.m. Friday while driving a truck reportedly stolen earlier at Kwik Trip in Worthington. Prior to being stopped, Garcia allegedly drove the vehicle without its headlights on at 70 miles per hour along Oxford Street, where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour, and continued at a high rate of speed on to Minnesota 60 near the Interstate 90 roundabout.
According to the criminal complaint, Garcia proceeded to drive the vehicle for about a minute after the officer initiated his emergency lights and another 30 seconds beyond initiating the siren.
The officer recognized Garcia and the passenger, Roy Ramirez, 39, of Worthington, as being reported to officers as highly intoxicated at a local bar about 30 minutes prior to the traffic stop.
The officer reported that both Garcia and Ramirez displayed signs of intoxication, including being barely able to stand, slurred speech and bloodshot and watery eyes.
Garcia recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.16%.
Garcia faces the following charges: theft of motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, all felonies; two counts of DWI and speeding, misdemeanors. He faces a maximum of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both. Conditional bail was scheduled at $2,500; $15,000 unconditional.
Ramirez was cited with misdemeanor tampering with a motor vehicle.