Suspected immigrants flee from officers

Aug. 12, 2013 at 3:12 a.m.

At least 18 people suspected of entering the county illegally escaped officers Monday in two separate vehicle bailouts on U.S. Highway 59.

Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies pulled over a 2003 Chevrolet pickup at 7:48 a.m. near Fox Road on suspicion of passengers not wearing seatbelts, said Sgt. Travis Gundelach.

Several people fled from the truck, and two were detained by the sheriff's office after deputies searched in the brush for about an hour.

At 2:19 p.m., the sheriff's office received a call from a resident who said a suspicious vehicle was picking up people on the highway near state Highway 185.

Deputies attempted to pull over the 1999 Ford pickup at Farm-to-Market Road 1686, but the driver of the truck fled and turned in to a ditch. About 18 people left on foot, and three were apprehended after about 40 minutes of searching, Gundelach said.

The five people detained were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

Residents are encouraged to call the Victoria County Sheriff's Office at 361-574-8040 if they see suspicious people in the area and lock all vehicles and doors.



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