13 detained, one flown to Houston hospital

Sonny Long

June 13, 2013 at 1:13 a.m.

Two separate pursuits in Jackson County on Wednesday led to the detention of more than a dozen people suspected of being in the country illegally and sent one to a Houston hospital.

The first pursuit started about 6:30 a.m., when a Jackson County Sheriff's deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation near Lolita, said Chief Deputy Curt Gabrysch.

The chase ended in a pasture with the driver and several passengers fleeing. Five people were detained, said Gabrysch.

As deputies scoured the area for the other passengers, they received a call about 1 p.m. that a vehicle had been stolen from a Lolita store.

The Chevrolet Cruze was immediately spotted by deputies, and another pursuit began, said the chief deputy.

The chase entered Matagorda County before the truck crashed into a tree, said Gabrysch.

One woman was taken by helicopter to a Houston hospital, and five other passengers were taken to the Jackson County Hospital in Edna.

"We feel like the second driver went around and picked up some of those that had fled the first pursuit," said Gabrysch.

Nine people were detained and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Gabrysch. The driver was detained Thursday morning in Matagorda County.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Ganado Police Department and the Matagorda County Sheriff's Office.

Emergency medical services from Matagorda County and Jackson County also responded.



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