Missing Edcouch woman arrested in Wharton County

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Jessica Garcia (photo: Wharton County Sheriff’s Office)

UPDATE: This article has been updated with new information on Garcia’s arrest.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Authorities in southeast Texas arrested a woman reported missing from Hidalgo County after she led them on a police chase.

According to a release, on Tuesday around 12:45 p.m., Wharton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies attempted to stop the driver of a vehicle that ran a stop sign and drove on the wrong side of the road near a public school in Louise, Texas.

The driver failed to stop and led deputies on a pursuit. The release states the driver led police to Highway 59 at speeds around 85 mph.

During the pursuit, the driver reversed and struck a WCSO corporal’s vehicle. Eventually, the driver stopped their vehicle on the side of the roadway in a pasture.

Deputies arrested the driver, later identified as Jessica Garcia, 45, a resident from Edcouch.

Investigators discovered that Garcia was reported missing in Hidalgo County.

She was transported to the Wharton County Jail and charged with evading arrest and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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