Five killed after US Border Patrol auto chase in Texas

Larry Hoffman
June 18, 2018

A criminal complaint said the driver in that case admitted to investigators that he traveled from Laredo to San Antonio.

"Border patrol was pursuing a vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban, and one of my deputies assisted and took over the pursuit just west of Big Wells", Boyd said.

Border Patrol officials have repeatedly warned of the dangers of smuggling large numbers of people in vehicles.

"I think we need more boots on the ground, we need more patrol", Boyd said.

The SUV lost control at over 100mph and overturned on Texas Highway 85, about 90 miles (145km) north of the Mexican border, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said.

Twelve immigrants were ejected when the vehicle crash.

A total of 14 people were in the vehicle, including the driver, who was not seriously hurt.

The crash occurred at about noon during a chase that reached speeds of 100 miles per hour, reports say. That agent stopped one vehicle and radioed a description of the other two vehicles to other agents, the agency said.

Twelve immigrants were ejected and four died at the scene when the auto crashed and rolled over, according to Boyd.

He said four people died at the scene, and several were flown by emergency helicopter to a hospital in San Antonio. Four of those people died at the scene, officials stated.

"This, I think, is a ideal example, of why are borders need to be secured", Boyd said. "We dealt with him last week", Boyd said.

Boyd told WOAI a wall needs to be build because illegal immigration is "a real problem" in the area.

Updated at 7:34 p.m. Sunday: Revised to include a statement from the Border Patrol.

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