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Suspected illegal immigrants run from DeWitt County officers

Feb. 12, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 11, 2013 at 8:12 p.m.

About 20  suspected illegal immigrants bailed from this Chevrolet pickup in rural DeWitt County on Monday afternoon. Two men were detained Tuesday morning.

About 20 people bailed from a pickup truck following a 10-mile pursuit on country roads by DeWitt County sheriff's deputies Monday afternoon.

On Monday morning, the Goliad County Sheriff's Office informed other area law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for a black Chevrolet 4x4 pickup possibly transporting illegal immigrants, said DeWitt County Deputy Sgt. Carl Bowen.

"At 3:05 p.m., one of our deputies spotted the truck on Thomaston River Road," said Bowen. "He attempted to make a traffic stop, and the truck fled."

The truck continued about 10 miles to Cattle Guard Road with multiple sheriff's units in pursuit.

It went into a field and stopped. About 20 occupants left the truck and ran into the woods after the 15-minute chase, Bowen said.

"At one point, the truck tried to strike one of our patrol cars," said Bowen.

A search was conducted until about 10 p.m. Monday. On Tuesday morning, two men believed to have been in the truck in were detained, Bowen said.

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