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Illegal alien paroled in Franklin County, turned over to immigration department

Man was convicted of attempting to disarm police officer

Man was convicted of attempting to disarm police officer

April 03, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An illegal alien convicted of attempting to disarm a police officer after he was arrested for driving under the influence was paroled Wednesday in Franklin County Court and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.

Judge Richard Walsh sentenced Uriel Garcia to three days in jail for driving under the influence and 161 days to 17 months for attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer. He received concurrent probationary sentences for recklessly endangering another person, and fleeing and eluding police.

Garcia, 25, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to the charges Feb. 15. He had been in jail on $300,000 bond and the ICE detainer since the Oct. 20 incident.

At 5:45 p.m. that day, Pennsylvania State Police received a report of an erratic driver from state police in Adams County. On Pa. 997 near Mont Alto, Pa., police spotted the car and a trooper tried to get the driver to pull over after seeing the car drive into oncoming traffic, police said.

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The car pulled into the Wesley United Methodist Church parking lot and the trooper drove in front of it to block its path, police said. Garcia rammed the car into the police cruiser, police said.

The affidavit stated there was a group of children in a side yard near the parking lot.

Garcia was taken to Chambersburg Hospital to have a blood sample drawn for testing, police said. After the blood sample was taken, police said Garcia lunged at a trooper and unsuccessfully attempted to get his pistol out of its holster.

Garcia's blood alcohol level was 0.36 percent, 4 1/2 times the legal limit for intoxication of 0.08 percent, police said. His fines and costs were more than $2,600, according to court records.

Assistant Public Defender Paul Rockwell said he did not know to which country Garcia was to be deported.

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