Authorities chase, lose suspected illegal immigrants

Oct. 5, 2012 at 5:05 a.m.
Updated Oct. 6, 2012 at 5:06 a.m.

Fifteen suspected illegal immigrants escaped law enforcement about 10:30 a.m. Friday after a high speed chase in DeWitt County.

A deputy attempted to pull over an extended cab Chevrolet pickup on Thomaston River Road on suspicion of stolen license plates, but the driver sped away on U.S. Highway 87 South, reaching speeds up to 90 mph, according to Sheriff Jode Zavesky.

The driver then turned onto Fordtran Road before driving onto a 1,600-acre property where the occupants, eight riding in the bed of the truck, bailed out.

"When he turned into that big ranch he was driving through the brush and that is where the deputy lost him," Zavesky said. "Because the deputy was in a patrol car and that truck went places the patrol car could not."

The Victoria County Sheriff's Office, Department of Public Safety aircraft, Connally and Stevenson prison units scent dogs and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents responded.

Officers caught one adult man from Honduras, but the others, including five women, were not located as of 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Officers were on the scene searching until 5 p.m.



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