The suspected getaway driver in a home-invasion robbery that led to a fiery crash after a high-speed chase in December was arrested Monday.
Ceres police say Jorge Garcia, 27, was the driver who led police on a pursuit reaching speeds of more than 100 mph down rural roads and south of Ceres.
He and two other men are suspected of committing a home-invasion robbery in the 1700 block of Ginkgo Avenue on Dec. 9. Two men allegedly entered the garage of the home and held the victim at gunpoint, then stole a purse, wallet and other items.
Officers observed the suspects in a vehicle speeding away from the scene, and a pursuit ensued when the suspect vehicle failed to yield in the area of Whitmore and Faith Home.
The chase went from Faith Home Road to Keyes Road to Geer Road, where the suspect vehicle is estimated to have reached speeds in excess of 100 mph before crashing south of Grayson Road.
Two of the suspects were arrested at the scene and taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Sgt. Trenton Johnson said it’s surprising anyone walked away, much less fled, from such a bad wreck, but said the driver side of the car sustained the least amount of damage.
Garcia had only minor cuts and bruises after the accident when he was interviewed but not arrested shortly after the accident.
Additional investigation produced evidence of Garcia being in the car, Trenton said. Garcia was arrested at his home in Keyes at about 5 p.m. Monday.