Suspect in robbery, chase, crash arrested

February 11, 2014 

A man suspected of being the 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. Authorities believe the two men entered the garage of the home and held the victim at gunpoint, then stole a purse, wallet and other items. Officers observed a vehicle speeding away from the scene, and a pursuit ensued when the vehicle failed to yield near Whitmore Avenue and Faith Home Road. The chase went from Faith Home to Keyes Road to Geer Road, where the vehicle is estimated to have exceeded 100 mph before crashing south of Grayson Road. Two men 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’s side of the car sustained the least amount of damage. Garcia had minor cuts and bruises when he was interviewed but not arrested shortly after the crash. Additional investigation produced evidence of Garcia being in the car, Trenton said. Garcia was arrested at his home in Keyes about 5 p.m. Monday.

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