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Two trucks, one bailout: suspects still at large
Pearsall police recovered two stolen Ford trucks, arrested a suspect and halted the potential transport of illegal immigrants earlier this week.
Two suspects in one of the cases remain at large and were last seen in Frio County, according to investigating officers.
The first incident occurred on Saturday, November 14, when officers were in the process of conducting a traffic stop after a grey F-250 pickup truck passed the patrolmen at a high rate of speed.
According to a report on the case, it was when officers began to follow the truck that the driver led law enforcement on a high-speed chase. The driver slowed down only to speed back up and cross the interstate median onto the IH-35 access road, police said.
As the chase continued, the driver of the pickup went through three fences on private property before bringing the truck to a halt on a mound of dirt.
The passenger and driver reportedly fled on foot into the brush and remain at large.
Two days later, officers patrolling IH-35 were attempting to effect a traffic stop when the emergency dispatcher confirmed that the Ford F-250 truck that they had stopped was listed as having been stolen in the Austin area.
The driver, later identified as Hernan Hernandez, 21, of Lockhart, allegedly told officers he was unaware the truck was stolen and that he did not know where he was going.
Hernandez and his passenger told arresting officers they were following orders to travel south and pick up illegal immigrants, according to investigators.
The driver was transported to the Frio County Jail and is facing a state jail felony charge for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.