CASA GRANDE — An Arizona man has been charged with unlawful flight from law enforcement after leading Arizona state troopers on a pursuit.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Michael A. Garcia, 31, is charged with unlawful flight. Court records did not give a hometown for Garcia.

Garcia allegedly refused to stop when an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper attempted to pull him over around 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 near milepost 190 on westbound Interstate 10 for following another vehicle too closely.

Garcia allegedly accelerated away from and tried to evade the trooper by getting off the interstate and then back on I-10 headed eastbound. Garcia eventually exited I-10 and came to a stop on Tanger Drive, where he and several other people in the vehicle bailed out.

Garcia was captured, identified as the driver and allegedly admitted to driving the vehicle and attempting to evade troopers because he didn’t have a license.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.

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