Editor’s Note: Story updated to show suspect was captured at about 11:25 p.m. walking along Hwy 2 eastbound
BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – Area law enforcement captured a Fort Madison man late Monday night in connection with a high-speed chase Monday afternoon.
Lee County Sheriff’s deputies and Fort Madison police were looking for Adrian Garcia, who allegedly led a Fort Madison police officer from the city’s west side up Highway 2 at speeds in excess of 100 mph.
Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber said deputies responded to the call of a suspected drunk driver who had wrecked his car in the yard of a home in the 2400 block of Highway 2.
“He ended up going off the road where there was a line of cars backed up due to the construction going on there,” Weber said. “And we have reports he was going well over 100 mph through the area by Appleberry and that’s a dangerous, dangerous spot.”
Weber said neighbors in the area were aware of the chase after reading Facebook posts about the search for the man and were locked up when deputies got to the homes.
Deputies borrowed four wheelers to look for Garcia and also employed a FLIR Drone (Forward Looking InfraRed) but Weber said it was too hot in the evening for the sensor to be effective. They were going to run the drone again in the evening when it cooled off.
“He’s gonna be held accountable for what he did and that’ll start with an initial court appearance in front of a judge and we’re gonna make those arrangements for him,” Weber said.
Weber said the suspect may have gotten into the heavily wooded areas on along Highway 2 and was successful at eluding law enforcement.