Truck packed with illegals leads Texas cops on 100-mile chase

Truck packed with illegals leads Texas cops on 100-mile chase

It all started overnight in Encinal, Texas, just north of Laredo, which is one of the Texas cities that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border.

Authorities said the pursuit began after U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted to stop a pickup truck that was believed to be carrying undocumented immigrants. Instead, the driver sped up to about 95 mph and led agents through several counties, all the way to the Alamo City.

According to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, deputies who were assisting with the chase managed to box in the Ford F-150 on Interstate 35 and bring the truck to a stop just in front of Splashtown.

Deputies said five people ran from the truck and were not located. A K-9 unit was called to help locate the suspects; however, the manhunt was interrupted when the dog bit a female deputy in the ankle, according to investigators. …

Authorities detained 11 people, including 10 undocumented immigrants — two who were young children — and the 17-year-old girl who was driving the truck. Border patrol agents escorted them back to Laredo.

The driver told officers that she was forced to drive the truck for a coyote, according to BCSO. Authorities believe the coyote may have been one of the persons who fled on foot.

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