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More than 25 suspected illegal immigrants flee SUV after chase

More than 25 suspected illegal immigrants fled on foot from an SUV following a high-speed pursuit near Eloy on Wednesday morning, a Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

The SUV failed to stop for a PSCO deputy following a traffic violation, and led deputies on a chase that reached speeds of 85 m.p.h., said spokesman Elias Johnson in a press release.

All of the passengers fled into heavy brush when the SUV stopped in a river bottom, Johnson said. The driver could not be found.

Deputies seized the vehicle.

“This was just one of three pursuits in the past 24-hours involving my deputies, chasing suspects involved with drug and human smuggling,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said in the release.

“These pursuits put the lives of our deputies and Pinal County citizens in grave danger,” he said.

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Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the theme music from ‘Benny Hill’ playing on the SUV’s stereo ...

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