LAREDO, TEXAS – A U.S. Border Patrol agent from the Laredo North Station (LRN) detected an illegal alien smuggling attempt on Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35) that resulted in the arrest of a United States citizen juvenile who led multiple law enforcement agencies in a lengthy vehicle pursuit.
The incident occurred on the night of January 31, when a LRN agent attempted to stop a silver Ford F250 pickup south of Encinal, Texas, that had been reported stolen. The driver of the pickup failed to yield. The agent requested assistance from the Cotulla Border Patrol Station, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and other local agencies. Texas DPS took over the vehicle pursuit that eventually ended about 80 miles later on IH-35.
The pursuit ended after Texas DPS troopers successfully deployed a Controlled Tire Deflation Device on the pickup. Following deployment of the device, the driver of the pickup struck a concrete barrier. Its occupants, including the driver, bailed from the vehicle and attempted to evade apprehension.
All occupants were subsequently apprehended. The driver was determined to be a United States citizen juvenile. His nine passengers were determined to be illegal aliens; five from Mexico, three from Brazil and one from Guatemala. Following the subjects’ arrest, a handgun was found on the front seat of the pickup truck.
Texas DPS troopers took custody of the juvenile driver pending prosecution of multiple state charges. They also took custody of the vehicle and the handgun. The illegal aliens were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol to be processed accordingly. Two of the aliens, along with the juvenile driver, suffered injuries in the accident and were transported to a San Antonio hospital for treatment.
To report suspicious activity such as alien and/or drug smuggling, download the “USBP Laredo Sector” App or contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free at 1-800-343-1994.. Photos related to this story can also be viewed on the mobile App.