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Pinal deputy catches 7 illegal immigrants after chase

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Pinal deputy catches 7 illegal immigrants after chase

  • Pinal County Sheriff's Department
  • Pinal County Sheriff's Department

A Pinal sheriff's K-9 deputy apprehended seven illegal immigrants, including one previously deported felon, after a chase in Eloy on Tuesday, authorities said.

At about 8:40 p.m., the deputy tried to stop a 1998 Ford Expedition driving erratically on westbound Interstate 10 at Sunshine Boulevard., said a Pinal County Sheriff's Department spokesman in a news release.

When the deputy turned on his lights and siren, the driver of the Expedition fled, Sgt. Pat Ramirez said. The suspect driving turned on the vehicle's hazard lights as it reached speeds of 90 miles per hour, while driving between lanes.

The vehicle eventually left the highway, heading south on Toltec Road until reaching Curtis Road, where 10 illegal immigrants fled from the vehicle, Ramirez said. All 10 jumped into and irrigation canal. Three, including the driver, were able to cross the canal and escape into the desert. The other seven were caught and turned over to Border Patrol, he said.

All seven illegal immigrants were from Mexico. One of the men, 19 year-old William Texin, had already been deported four times, Ramirez said. Texin is also a felon, he said, with prior arrests for aggravated assault with a firearm on a peace officer, false imprisonment, and multiple charges for possession of narcotics.

The Ford Expedition was confiscated and the forfeiture process has been started, Ramirez said.

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