- 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.