N.Y. man arrested after fleeing from officers on e-bike


CHARLESTON — One New York native is currently held on a large cash bond after fleeing from law enforcement on a moped.

According to court documentation, on September 18, 2022, while running stationary radar, a Buckhannon City Police officer witnessed a Red Fly Wing E-Bike allegedly travelling at speeds exceeding 40 mph. The officer initiated a traffic stop when the vehicle was approximately 300 yards in front of the cruiser.

The defendant, later identified as 23-year-old Anthony Garcia, allegedly accelerated in an attempt to flee reaching speeds of up to 60 mph while swerving back and forth in the lane before crossing the center line near Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. As the officer closed his distance with the vehicle, Garcia allegedly crossed into the opposite lane to pass a truck traveling in the same direction on solid yellow lines. Garcia remained driving on the wrong side of the road until he turned onto College Avenue, where it appeared that he came close to laying the moped on its side.

The criminal complaint also stated Garcia stopped at the intersection of College Avenue and South Florida Street. Upon being detained by the officer, the mode of transportation did not come back as registered, nor did the defendant have insurance. While a vehicle inventory sheet was being filled out, 3.5 grams of marijuana was allegedly located in the defendant’s possession.

Garcia is currently being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail, facing a felony charge of Fleeing with Reckless Indifference. The defendant will remain jailed until a $25,000 cash only bond is posted.

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