Several suspected undocumented immigrants and the person suspected of driving them were arrested Friday after they bailed from a vehicle near the Victoria-Refugio county line.

The Victoria County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Refugio County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Parks and Wildlife, responded to the scene to help locate the people who fled following a short pursuit started by the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, according to a news release from Victoria sheriff’s office Chief Deputy Roy Boyd.

After a search that lasted about two hours, all suspected undocumented immigrants were apprehended in the San Antonio River bottom. The suspected smuggler was arrested after he attempted to hitchhike away from the area on a side road. The immigrants were turned over to Border Patrol.

“We are happy to have recovered everyone involved in this incident,” Boyd said. “It took deputies and officers on foot, in the air, on horseback, with tracking dogs, and in boats on the river to surround the illegal (immigrants) and get them into custody. The coordination between the partnering agencies was outstanding and exemplifies the model of law enforcement we have been working toward for many years. It was a hot day, and I am proud of everyone involved.”

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