MCALLEN, Texas – A group of illegal immigrants stuffed into a pickup truck led authorities on a 160 mile chase that began near Laredo and ended just north of the San Antonio downtown area.
Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a pursuit in progress that began out of Laredo where U.S. Border Patrol agents had been pursuing a Ford pickup truck with 16 individuals inside, sheriff’s spokesman James Keith told Breitbart Texas
“Our deputies joined the pursuit as it entered the county and were able to conduct a safe stop just north of our downtown area,” Keith said.
As the vehicle tried to flee authorities three deputies boxed in the pickup, which was drive by a 17-year-old female, in an effort to force the vehicle to stop.
“The driver actually rammed the vehicles used by out deputies,” Keith said.
Once the truck came to a stop, the 16 individuals in the truck attempted to run away but authorities set up a manhunt for five men who remain at large. One of the men at large is suspected of being the leader of the group. During the manhunt, a female deputy ended up getting a small injury from a bite by a police dog.
The female driver and the immigrants were turned over to border patrol for processing and further investigation, however the teenager is also facing three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and one count of evading arrest, Keith said.