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Injured deputy speaks out

By Sarah Baldwin - bio | email

July 9, 2008

CAIRO, GA (WALB) -  A Grady County deputy talked to us Wednesday about how he prevented a suspected drunk driver from hurting innocent people.  

Deputy Kelvin Nixon actually pulled his patrol car into the path of the out of control driver.   Grady County deputies and state troopers were chasing 22-year-old Higinio Garcia Monday evening.

They say he ran numerous people off the road and blew through several stop signs. As the chase approached the intersection 4th Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Cairo, the light was red and pedestrians were in the road, but Garcia wasn't stopping.

"I took it upon myself to go around my partner Deputy Jake Bush, I thought maybe if I get in front of him I can slow him down but I took the hit so he wouldn't kill nobody in the intersection," said Nixon.

Garcia crashed into Nixon's patrol car, but kept going for several more blocks before he finally stopped.  Deputies had to tase him to take him into custody.  He had an unrestrained toddler in the car, but she was not injured.

Nixon hurt his back, but says he'd do it all over again and hopes to return to work on Friday. Garcia is charged with aggravated assault and DUI as well as more than two dozen traffic violations.

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