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Man who reportedly led officers on high-speed chase is charged with multiple crimes

During a search of the vehicle, crystal shards that field-tested positive for methamphetamine were reportedly located in the front seat. A shattered methamphetamine pipe and a backpack containing 32.9 grams of marijuana were also reportedly found in the vehicle.

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NOBLES COUNTY — A Sioux Falls man is charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and fifth-degree drug possession after allegedly speeding away from a traffic stop.

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On Nov. 2, a local police officer reportedly attempted to pull over a vehicle on Interstate 90, near the city of Worthington. Prior, the officer had observed the vehicle’s occupants engage in what he believed was possible criminal activity at a rest stop.

After activating the lights on the squad car, the South Dakota vehicle slowed and activated its turn signal, as if preparing to pull over. The vehicle then reportedly accelerated to speeds of approximately 90-100 miles per hour.

The vehicle fled westbound on I-90 and drove over spike strips officers placed near the Adrian exit. The vehicle continued westbound, having lost a tire, and briefly exited the interstate and drove through a rest area at speeds of approximately 40 mph before getting back on I-90. Another tire came off the vehicle at that point.

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The vehicle continued in Rock County, where it drove directly over spike strips Rock County deputies had set up near the Magnolia exit.

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The vehicle eventually came to a stop and officers conducted a high-risk stop of the vehicle. The back seat passenger and front seat passenger exited the vehicle, but the driver reportedly refused until officers informed him over a loudspeaker that a police K9 would be deployed if he did not get out of the vehicle.

The driver exited and was later identified as Hector Garcia, 38.

During a search of the vehicle, crystal shards that field-tested positive for methamphetamine were reportedly located in the front seat. A shattered methamphetamine pipe and a backpack containing 32.9 grams of marijuana were also reportedly found in the vehicle.

Garcia and one passenger were arrested and transported to the Nobles County Jail. Garcia’s bail was set at $50,000 with conditions, and he is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Nov. 15. In addition to the felony charges, Garcia faces one count of misdemeanor possession of over 1.4 ounces of marijuana in a motor vehicle. The maximum sentence for this charge is 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.

If convicted, Garcia faces a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment and/or a $5,000 fine for the charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Fifth-degree drug possession carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both.

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Emma McNamee

Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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