Murder charges possible as SUV flees, wrecks; 5 … – Houston Chronicle

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Murder charges possible as SUV wrecks; 5 …

The driver of a crammed with 14 passengers to be undocumented immigrants could … charges after he into a tree, killing of them, while evading police, the police chief Monday.

The crash Saturday took place a few miles of the Border Patrol immigration in Brooks County, which in years has emerged as a major for human smuggling.

Its ranchlands and dirt roads are the — and sometimes the places of … — of attempting to walk or get rides the checkpoint with aid from of smugglers. The numbers of unidentified and law enforcement pursuits have

What happened Saturday is familiar, especially in South

A Falfurrias police patrol car to stop the driver, who was speeding in a Chevrolet Blazer along 281, Police Chief Gonzalez said.

“He just took off,” said of the driver.

Initially north on the frontage road of 281, the driver looped and lost control as he passed vehicle, crashing into a When the officer in pursuit he discovered 15 people inside, of whom were pronounced at the scene.

An unknown number of people injured.

“We do have the driver as one of the persons,” Gonzalez said. he is released (from the hospital), he be taken into Border custody, and more than he will be facing … because of the evading.”

Homeland Investigations is also likely to federal charges against the who is also an undocumented immigrant, added.

Some of the injured passengers being treated at hospitals in and Alice, while those more serious injuries moved to Corpus Christi for

The identities of the passengers and the driver not yet been determined, though are believed to be from Mexico, said. Several of the … had IDs in possession that have not verified.

High-speed pursuits are more within the city limits in rural areas, Gonzalez

In Brooks County, sheriff’s average three bailout per day, according to Chief Benny Martinez .

“They through a fence on one of these and then get out and run,” Martinez “I guess you could say they’re saving their commodity.”

By the time deputies reach the the driver has almost always with most of the passengers. County sheriff’s deputies are on to record nearly 1,100 pursuits, far surpassing previous

“I’d say it’s probably (since 2011),” Martinez “There’s just no comparison at

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