Casa Grande man arrested days after high-speed chase

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- A Casa Grande man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly leading a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy on a high-speed pursuit earlier this month.

Jesus Elias Garcia Jr., 23, reportedly fled from a deputy who tried to pull him over for speeding because he did not have a driver's license and had already served time in prison.

The deputy tried to pull over the 1996 Ford Mustang about 6:30 a.m. April 12 on Bianco Road north of Highway 84. He activated his lights and siren but the Mustang continued at a high speed.

The Mustang stopped in front of a home on Bonita Street near Bianco Road and the driver was seen running through the yard.

Deputies contacted the registered owner of the Mustang, who was asleep inside the home, and determined he was not the driver. The vehicle owner reportedly told deputies that his brother, Garcia, had been driving the car for the past four months.

The sheriff's office said deputies searched the area extensively but did not find Garcia.

About 11 a.m. Tuesday, the same deputy was helping a stranded motorist on Highway 84 when he saw the Mustang drive past him. He conducted a traffic stop at a convenience store along the highway near Thornton Road.

Garcia was taken into custody and reportedly admitted to fleeing from the deputy ten days earlier.

He was booked into Pinal County Jail in Florence and charged with unlawful flight.

He has previously been arrested on numerous misdemeanor and felony charges, and served time in the Arizona Department of Corrections for resisting arrest and theft convictions, according to the sheriff's office.