17 detained after high-speed chase
April 8, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2013 at 11:08 p.m.
A high-speed chase ended with the apprehension of 17 people Monday morning.
At about 9 a.m., a woman in Wood Hi called the Victoria County Sheriff's Office reporting she'd seen a group of people who may have entered the country illegally loading into a black Chevrolet Tahoe, Capt. Herb Tucker said.
The woman stayed on her phone with dispatchers while she followed the vehicle along back roads. Law enforcement was on the lookout for the vehicle.
Sheriff's deputies spotted the suburban at U.S. Highway 59 and state Highway 185. The deputies observed a traffic violation, and a pursuit ensued going south on Highway 185 when the driver of the Suburban refused to pull over.
The chase lasted for about six minutes, with vehicles reaching speeds of about 80 mph, Tucker said.
The driver of the Suburban pulled over in Crescent Valley off Old Bloomington Road near the railroad tracks.
The occupants of the Suburban tried to get away but had trouble getting the back door of the Suburban open. The ones who did get out ran through the brush only to find themselves standing on several acres of freshly plowed land with no place to hide, Tucker said.
There were 17 people in the vehicle, including the driver. All were apprehended, Tucker said.
He said they were interviewing the people, trying to find out where they came from, what they were promised, what they paid and how they got into the country, Tucker said.
"We're always interested in that kind of information," he said.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials picked up the people, Tucker said.