NWGA Scanner | July 27th, 2022

Illinois man arrested by GSP trooper after refusing to sign speeding citation on I-75 in Gordon County

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, on July 1st, 2022, at 9:50 AM, TFC3 Cochran conducted a traffic stop on a 2020 Dodge Charger after it passed his patrol vehicle at 92 mph on I-75 near mile marker 317. The trooper made contact with the driver of the vehicle, identified as Jesus Omar Garcia, 22, of Illinois. The trooper reported, “After advising Mr. Garcia of the reason for the stop, [I] returned to my patrol car where his driver’s license and vehicle registration were checked through G.C.I.C. After his vehicle and driver’s license were checked and were found to be active and valid, [I] printed an appearance citation for speeding at 92 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. [I] returned to the vehicle and explained to Mr. Garcia that he was being issued a citation for the speed, was advised of the court system, the court date and time, and the phone number to contact the court with any questions. [I] then explained that [I] needed Mr. Garcia’s signature on the court copy and advised him that his signature was not admission to guilt. Mr. Garcia then advised me that he would not sign the citation. I explained further that his signature was not admission to guilt and that if he did not sign the citation, he would have to go to jail, which [I] reaffirmed when Mr. Garcia questioned me further about it.” After Garcia was given ample time by the trooper to read the citation and continually asked where it said he had to sign it or go to jail, he was ordered out of the vehicle. Garcia then refused to exit his vehicle and was given several more orders to do so before he was removed from his vehicle by force with the assistance of Trooper Daniel. After a brief struggle, Garcia was placed into handcuffs. According to the report, “As we were attempting to execute the arrest of Mr. Garcia, his passenger, who was positively identified as 20-year-old Michelle Jacobo, exited the vehicle videoing the event. During the struggle with Mr. Garcia, S/Tpr Cochran experienced minor soreness to the right side of his back and left shoulder. TFC 3 Daniel’s watch was also broken off his arm during their struggle to take Mr. Garcia into custody.” Garcia was then transported to the Gordon County Jail, where he refused to answer any booking questions by jail staff. Garcia was charged with speeding, failure to sign a citation, and obstruction of law enforcement.