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Detectives: Man Assaults Police Officer

Authorities Say Man Fled After Crash in Old Westbury

Sixth Squad detectives reported the details of an arrest of a Hempstead man for an assault on a police officer that occurred on Feb. 18 at 4:25 a.m. in Old Westbury.

According to detectives, the defendant, Jamie Garcia, 39, was stopped on the shoulder of Searingtown Road in his vehicle, a 2001 Honda, with the emergency flashers on. A police officer on patrol observed the vehicle and turned on his emergency lights to investigate the situation. Garcia then sped away in his vehicle, the investigating officer followed, said police. In his attempt to evade the police, the defendant lost control of his car and crashed into a pole at the corner of the South Service Road of the Long Island Expressway and Fox Hollow Lane, detectives explained. Garcia then exited his vehicle, detectives said, and fled on foot southbound on Fox Hollow Lane and after a brief foot pursuit, the investigating officer grabbed Garcia by his arm in an attempt to place him in custody. The defendant punched the officer in the head, broke free and ran through the rear yards along Fox Hollow Lane before he jumped over a fence, picked up a baseball bat from the ground and struck the pursuing officer in the arm, said police. Garcia was eventually subdued and placed under arrest by the officer and other assisting units, detectives stated.

The Police Officer was transported to a local area hospital where he was treated and released for injuries to his head and arm.

Found inside the defendant’s vehicle were tires and rims belonging to a BMW, detectives said. Later that day a call to 911 for a larceny of tires and rims identified the owner who lived a short distance from the original location where the officer spotted Garcia in his car, added police.

The defendant is being charged with two counts of Assault 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon 4th Degree, Unlawful Fleeing of a Police Officer 3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest, False Impersonation and three Violations of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Garcia was arraigned on Saturday, Feb. 19 in First District Court, Hempstead.