Law enforcement search for illegal immigrants after Wharton County wreck

Sept. 25, 2012 at 4:25 a.m.

LOUISE - Wharton County officers are searching for undocumented immigrants after a chase and one-truck wreck Tuesday morning.

A truck was travelling north on U.S. Highway 59 when the driver exited the highway at a high speed, attracting the notice of a Department of Public Safety trooper.

The truck sped down Farm-to-Market Road 1160, just outside of Louise, and took a turn too fast, landing in a deep ditch, DPS Sgt. Matt Ochoa said.

The truck was stuck and the people in it, believed to be undocumented immigrants, scattered. The truck had been reported stolen to the Houston Police Department, Ochoa said.

After conducting a search, four of the 10 people believed to be in the truck were apprehended. The four men are from Honduras and will be handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Ochoa said.

Troopers searched the area for about two hours, assisted by the Wharton County Sheriff's Office, Ochoa said. After failing to find the other people in the truck, they called off the search and will wait to see if they appear on their own.



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