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White Plains Man Arrested After Irvington Police Chase

Andre Garcia of White Plains was arrested on Feb. 1 on more than 19 counts of various charges.

  • This report was derived from information from the Irvington Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

 

The Greeburgh Drug and Alcohol Task Force (GDATF) and Greenburgh Police Department arrested Andre Garcia of White Plains on a slew of charges on Feb. 1 after leading police on a chase through Irvington into Tarrytown, and possessing illegal car accessories.

Garcia, 33, is accused of fleeing at a high rate of speed over cement parking curb stops when members of the GDATF approached his SUV in a Bridge Street parking lot on on Jan. 31. Police said Garcia sped up Main Street with his headlights off and onto Broadway with members of the GDATF and Irvington Police in pursuit of him.

A countywide hotline was broadcast and police lost him when he got off the exit for I-87/I-287 in Tarrytown.

Garcia’s car was identified though a joint investigation between the GDATF and Irvington and lead police to find Garcia in the area of his White Plains home, located in the Town of Greenburgh. After his arrest, he was charged in Greenburgh with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.

He was then transferred to Irvington where he was charged with the following:

  • two counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree, D felonies
  • unlawful fleeing police in the third degree, a misdemeanor
  • resisting arrest, a misdemeanor
  • unlawful possession of a police scanner, a misdemeanor
  • trespassing, a misdemeanor
  • and 11 other vehicle and traffic law offenses

Garcia is a recent member of the Irvington Volunteer Ambulance Corps., who according to police, have been pivotal in the investigation. About two years ago, he was a member of the Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps. in Brooklyn. 

According to police, Garcia is accused of also having false volunteer FDNY EMS ambulance parking placards on his car, a cover on his license plate that defeats red light cameras and prevents his license plate from being read, as well as a police scanner.

His car was adorned with several sets of red and blue emergency vehicle lights. Police said Garcia was also in possession of Bed-Stuy EMS parking placards, which he was allegedly supposed to have returned, EMS badges that look similar to New York City Police badges and an EZ-Pass painted in red that is often used by emergency service personnel in New York City.

It’s possible that additional charges could be filed.

Since Garcia has two prior felonies and an extensive wrap sheet, according to police, Irvington Village Court could not set bail for him by law and he was remanded to Westchester County Jail to eventually appear before the county court where he can apply for bail.

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James Redmam February 08, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Two prior felonies? Why was this person allowed to be on the volunteer ambulance corps? Do they do background checks? Did they know about his prior felonies? If you were a sick senior citizen, called 911, and this thug felon shows up your house? Was this person involved in any emergency calls? Are any drugs missing from the ambulance corps?
James Redmam February 08, 2013 at 02:08 PM
We should also thank the police for their great work and effort in catching this thug. Good policing work. Thank you. Otherwise, this guy might show up to your house if you have an emergency.
Tyler Durden February 08, 2013 at 08:49 PM
It would be interesting to know what he was about to do or what he had in his car when he ran.... Nice job officers.
Wejustaintagonnapaynotolls February 14, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Any follow up from IVAC on how they allowed a felon into people's home?
Wejustaintagonnapaynotolls April 03, 2013 at 08:08 PM
A possible follow up question to ask IVAC's leadership would be, who is or was the officer in charge of the organization when a felon was granted membership and thusly allowed into people's homes? Another would be what if any actions have been taken to prevent additional felons from gaining access to people's homes via IVAC?
Dina Sciortino April 03, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I will add it to my list of stories to write.
Da General November 09, 2013 at 05:00 PM
,@ James Redmam, Maybe a felon was able to b on a "VOLUNTEER" AMBULANCE CORP, because of mistakes made as a misguided teenager; now back in society as a adult making a postive change in his life and community by HELPING SAVING PEOPLES LIFE AND "VOLUNTEERING" with no pay....... U asked if a senior citizen, called 911 for a Emergency and this "so call thug" showed up @ the door to help, U CAN BET UR LIFE THAT THEY WOULD B HAPPY the "so called thug" was their to HELP SAVE THEIR LIFE... Y would any drugs b missing from the Ambulance? I guess they forgot to mention that this "So called thug" OWNS HIS OWN BUSINESS and makes more money then more than half of Irvington. Has his Own REGISTERED EMERGENCY VEHICLE with LIGHTS AND SIRENS ..... Not bad for a Felon Thug. Smh lol The only Thugs r the crooked cops in Irvington that have to lie to make a case just because of favors called in from other crooked cops... Dt Kevin Johnson is the biggest crook and Thug and he has a Badge and Gun... Look inside ur OWN HOME b4 u throw stone out the glass
Da General November 09, 2013 at 06:02 PM
@ Tyler Durden, what he was doing was talking to his girlfriend on the phone while enjoying the water of the Hudson River and was Granted Permission to b there because he was in FACT A MEMEMBER OF IVAC AND WAS ON ACTIVE DUTY THE NIGHT IN QUESTIONED. IVAC MEMEMBERS ARE GRANTED PERMISSION TO B IN THE AREA , GUESS JUST NOT THE BLACK/LATINO MEMEMBERS. What was in the car was a Emergency Tech Bag full of Medical Equipment and Oxygen, Neck Collars, Radio for communication, and NYC and STATE Parking Plaques which are Authorized and Liget, also Authorized Badges from EMS... Not only a week early in the neighborhood of where this guy lives, a murder takes place @ Gun Point less then 50 feet from his home by a White Man. NO ARREST MADE AS OF YET..... The night of Police chase the Guy was on the phone talking to his girlfriend about that murder. A UNMARKED FAMILY MINI VAN WITH LIGHTS TURNED OFF DRIVEN BY A WHITE MAN APPROACHED THIS SUV AND THEN STEP OUT.... WHAT BLACK/LATINO U KNOW ISNT GOING TO RUN FOR THEIR LIFE? THIS WAS NOT A MARKED POLICE VEHICLE WITH LIGHTS AND SIRENS, THE VEHICLE THAT THE GUY WAS SITTING IN WAS MORE OF A EMERGENCY VEHICLE WITH LIGHTS AND SIRENS THEN THE MINI VAN THAT THE IRVING DT KEVIN JOHNSON WAS DRIVING THAT NIGHT... THE QUESTION SHOULD REALLY B WHAT WAS DT KEVIN JOHNSON REALLY DOING DOWN THERE EXCEPT TO HARASS? THERE WAS NO CALLS OVER THE RADIO FOR A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE IN THE AREA AND IM SURE THE RADIO AND EMS PAGER GIVEN TO IVAC MEMEMBERS TO MONITOR EMERGENCY CALLS WAS BEING MONITORED @ THE TIME. NO CALLS WHERE MADE....
Da General November 09, 2013 at 06:16 PM
@Wjagpnt, The leadership @ the time and probably still is EMS Capt Ellen former Greenburgh Police Officer. Should actions really b taken for a Ex Felon that made mistakes as a teenager for possibly only stealing cars and payed his debt to society and now trying to help save lives?
Da General November 09, 2013 at 06:21 PM
@ Dina Sciortino...... b4 u write a story u should get the FACTS RIGHT!!!!!
Tyler Durden November 09, 2013 at 06:42 PM
No thanks, I think I'd rather have someone else come to a senior citizens aid, just about anyone other than Mr Garcia. Its sounds like to me that this misguided teenager didn't learn his lesson when he led police on a high speed pursuit, so fast that even they, couldn't catch him. I'd rather have a volunteer that wasn’t arrested and then resisted police when he was and more importantly, HE HAD DRUGS! Just how are all the police from all of the jurisdictions crooked? Who cares if he owns his own business, that doesn't mean he is or he isn't a thug? Try spell check next time and tell Mr Garcia to take his self owned emergency vehicle, his thriving business, his drugs and his civic minded persona back to Bedford Stuyvesant, the rivertowns doesn't need him!
Da General November 10, 2013 at 10:09 PM
@ Tyler Durden, simple minded people like you would let your own mother die then get help from someone like Mr Garcia that has the training to help then your the fool... . And speaking of your mother im sure she taught you not to believe everything you read; and there's always two sides of every story. POLICE CHASE??? ITS NOT A POLICE CHASE IF THE CAR CHASING IS NOT A POLICE VEHICLE. A FAMILY MINI VAN CHASING AFTER SOMEONE IS CALLED RUNNING FOR YOUR LIFE...... IT MAKES YOU A CROOKED COP WHEN YOU LIE AND SAY SOME ONE RESISTED ARRESTED WHEN THERE WAS WITNESS THAT WILL SAY DIFFERENT.. NOT ALL THE JURISDICTIONS ARE CROOKED JUST SOME.. AND DID YOU REALLY SAY "HE HAD DRUGS" REALLY???? YOU ARE PROBABLY SMOKING A JOINT RIGHT NOW.. ALCOHOL IS A DRUG... AND YOU SHOULD JUST SEE HOW MANY ALCOHOLICS IS OVER THERE SAVING LIVES IN THE RIVERTOWNS... ALL OF IVAC MEMBERS SHOULD BE TESTED AND I GUARNTEE THERE WILL BE MORE THEN JUST MARIJUANA IN THEIR SYSTEM. YOU GUYS WOULD BE AMAZED ON WHO IS COMING INTO YOUR HOMES AND SAVING YOU... THEY LOOK JUST LIKE YOU AND USE THE MOST HARDEST DRUGS. SMH

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