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Manhunt for teen accused of throwing bricks on highway, injuring driver

COOLIDGE, TX (KXXV) - Coolidge police are on the hunt for an 18-year-old man accused of throwing bricks onto a highway, seriously injuring a woman.

Police say 18-year-old Jonathan Garcia had a warrant for his arrest Tuesday and was brought in for questioning after what happened Friday night. He was accused of throwing rocks and bricks onto a highway, along with four or five juveniles July 11. They hit three vehicles in a span of five minutes just before midnight. Two drivers stopped after getting hit and had minor injuries and cuts from the glass breaking. 

However a woman's car was hit on the front windshield on the 50 miles per hour highway, with the brick going through the glass, and hitting her in the forehead. Police chief Patrick Williams says miraculously, she was able to control her car and park with a 7-year-old girl in the back seat. 

She was life-flighted to the hospital that night. Officials say they expect her to be able to recover. 

After questioning Garcia, Williams arrested him. However, he's the only officer in town and when he took Garcia outside in handcuffs, Garcia was able to run off while Williams locked the door to City Hall. 

"He escaped on foot and it is believed that he did receive assistance by a family member, placed him in a vehicle and getting him out of the area," Williams said. 

Williams says Garcia is an illegal immigrant and has already been deported once. He also says more charges are pending like felony evading. Some of the juveniles are also being questioned, but Williams says that can be an extensive process because you have to question juveniles in front of a judge. 

Since Williams is the only officer in town, residents are also helping him find Garcia.

"I don't want Central Texas to think this is a characteristic of this town that we tolerate this behavior," Williams said. 

Williams and residents were up until 3 a.m. Wednesday morning to find the man. He asks the public if they see him to call the police department at 254-786-4814 or the Limestone County Sheriff's Office at 254-729-3278.

"This could've killed the woman, this could've killed her seven year old daughter that was in the car with her or made that car a deadly weapon against any other vehicle on the road. So they endangered everybody," Williams said.
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