Florida Man and Fleeing Felon Leads Deputies On 5 Mile Chase

Florida Man and fleeing felon Adrian Gerardo Rico Garcia, 52, of Destin is in the Okaloosa County Jail after fleeing from deputies investigating a prowling incident.

Deputies were dispatched to a loitering and prowling call in the area of Emerald Lakes Subdivision. They spotted the suspect vehicle described in the 911 call belonging to Garcia, a silver Honda at around 1:40 a.m. and that’s when the buffoonery started.

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Stated:

“He ignored an attempted traffic stop that started on Highway 98 near Regatta Bay Boulevard and continued west for approximately five miles,” deputies say in a release. “Even after his tires were flattened[by spike strips] he continued to drive, then tried to intentionally ram a patrol vehicle. Pursuing units converged and did a successful rolling roadblock, stopping the vehicle in the area in front of Harbor Docks restaurant.

After Deputies had Rico Garcia’s vehicle stopped and pinned in, Rico Garcia had nowhere to run, but that wasn’t going to stop him. He still refused to obey the deputies lawful commands to get out of the vehicle, turn off the car, or show his hands. At this point deputies were forced to start breaking windows and pull Rico Garcia out of the car. This tactic is usually not good for either side, and Rico Garcia as well as the deputy suffered abrasions from the broken glass.

After getting Rico Garcia in custody, a system check revealed a felony warrant.

Garcia is charged with felony resisting an officer with violence, felony fleeing and eluding, and 2 counts of felony violation of probation. His bail for the first two counts was set at $60,000, but the probation violation requires no bond be given and he is currently being held at the Okaloosa County Jail in Crestview.


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