Driver Arrested After Posting Instagram Video of Police Chasing Him: Cops
Wilfredo Garcia Jr. was arrested in New York after cops say he evaded them in Florida while recording video of the chase.
A New York man has been arrested after police say they were led to his door by his own Instagram video.
Police in Florida say Wilfredo Garcia Jr. posted a video of himself and other riders being chased last month during an unofficial Martin Luther King Jr. Day event that takes over the streets of South Florida each year.
Following their pursuit of drivers in the event, police searched social media using the event's hashtag, #bikesupgunsdown.
Cops say this led them to Garcia's Instagram. After a search of his feed, police say they found the video in question, as well as a photo of a dirt bike with his license plate in full view.
Using the plates to trace him, police in Hollywood, Florida contacted NYPD, who arrested Garcia at his New York residence.
The Hollywood Police Department said they tried to pull over Garcia during the MLK Day event for allegedly driving the off-road vehicle on a paved roadway in a reckless manner.
Police allege Garcia then "committed the violation of fleeing and eluding," according to an affidavit.
In the Instagram video, police say Garcia is seen holding his camera selfie-style so viewers could see his face with the police in pursuit behind him.
Garcia is being held at Riker's Island Correctional Facility, where he is awaiting extradition to Florida.
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