Lubbock Man Arrested for 2021 Chase Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge
A Lubbock man that was arrested after a high-speed chase in 2021 has now pleaded guilty to a federal firearm charge.
KAMC News reports that 27-year-old Jeremy Leland Garcia led law enforcement on a chase in September of 2021. A Texas DPS trooper initially attempted a traffic stop on the Marsha Sharp Freeway and I-27, but Garcia fled. This led to a pursuit that lasted about 20 minutes.
Officers were led on a chase that took them through the Buffalo Springs Lake area, onto US 84 into Slaton and then FM 400 through Wilson. The chase ended about 2 miles south of Wilson near the intersection with County Road 14.
After the chase ended, Garcia apparently began coughing up blood. He admitted that he swallowed methamphetamines to hide them during the chase. He was transported to University Medical Center immediately afterwards.
On Tuesday, October 18th of 2022, Garcia admitted to possessing a firearm which was thrown out of the car window during the chase a year prior. The gun was found by a Texas DPS agent, and DNA found on the gun matched Garcia.
It's said that Garcia was not legal allowed to possess a firearm after he had been convicted for a burglary that happened back in 2015.
If Garcia's plea deal is accepted, he will face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison along with a fine of up to $250,000.