Five killed in 160km/h highway chase by US border agents

Blanche Robertson
June 18, 2018

Border Patrol agents began chasing the vehicle around noon before a Dimmit County sheriff's deputy took over the chase, just west of Big Wells.

Four people believed to be undocumented immigrants were pronounced dead on the scene with a fifth pronounced dead after being transported to a San Antonio hospital. The driver was arrested by Homeland Security officials, KSAT reported, citing unnamed officials.

Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told reporters at the scene that Border Patrol agents had been in pursuit of the Suburban, which was traveling about 100 miles an hour.

"This is not unusual", Boyd said. "It's a problem. This is, I think, a flawless example of why our borders need to be secure".

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He said there were 14 people in the vehicle. Authorities believe the driver and one passenger are USA citizens and the 12 other passengers were undocumented immigrants, Boyd said. The driver was among those hospitalized, and a deputy who assisted the Border Patrol with the chase found the driver sitting upright in his seat and took him and the passenger into custody.

Boyd said the driver was known to police, and had been seen in the area "last week", either scouting the area or looking for immigrants to smuggle. Dimmit County is directly north of Webb County and east of Maverick County, which border Mexico.

The weight of the people causes the vehicle to become unstable and makes it easy for crashes to occur, Border Patrol officials previously told Breitbart Texas.

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