The county District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it has referred the criminal case connected to El Centro Mayor Edgard Garcia’s recent citation for allegedly driving under the influence to the state Attorney General’s Office for review and potential prosecution.

The move was prompted by the DA’s Office in order to avoid any actual conflict of interest or appearance of a conflict of interest arising from Garcia’s recent campaign for Imperial County District Attorney, the DA’s Office reported.

Staff Writer Julio Morales can be reached at or 760-337-3415.

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