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Posted: Nov 7, 2012 6:31 PM

Updated: Nov 7, 2012 7:19 PM

SAN JUAN - Two suspects on Wednesday were charged with attempted capital murder for trying to hit an officer during a chase, officials said.

Lori Casiano, 32, and Omar Garcia, 30, went before a judge in San Juan. The couple was arrested Monday after a high-speed chase.

The chase started after U.S. Marshals Service deputies tried to arrest Garcia, a convicted felon, on a parole violation.

Images from a police dash camera show the suspects' SUV making a sharp turn and speeding toward an officer laying spikes on the road. Casiano, a mother of five, was driving the SUV, police said.

"Why are we being charged with capital murder when he's the idiot that ran in front of the truck? I mean, if I see a truck coming 100 miles an hour I'm not going to run in front of it to throw the spikes," Garcia told the judge.

"Nobody ran in front of the truck. I saw the video," the judge said.

"Their intent was to inflict serious bodily injury to include possibly killing the officer. There's no doubt in our mind. That's why they're getting charged with attempted capital murder," San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said.

Bond was set at $500,000 for each suspect.

Topics: lori casiano, omar garcia, san juan, arrest, attempted capital murder

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