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Frio County sheriff’s deputies are asking residents to be vigilant after two bail-outs in three days resulted in several undocumented immigrants roaming at large in the area.
Deputies said the first incident happened around noon on Thursday, June 24, when they received a tip that a 2009 Ford F-250 pickup truck was carrying several illegal aliens. Officers patrolling the area located the truck traveling along Highway 57, ten miles north of Pearsall.
A report on the case indicates that the driver, who remains at large, led deputies on a high-speed chase before crashing through a fence line on a local ranch. The driver continued to travel through the brush before the truck stalled, according to officers, and several immigrants fled the scene on foot.
Deputies captured two undocumented men who were turned over to Border Patrol agents. It is unknown how many others were able to evade law enforcement.
Three days later, deputies patrolling FM 1581 were told of a 2005 Nissan Titan truck that was believed to be transporting a number of illegal immigrants.
A report on the second case indicates deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop after the driver failed to use a signal. It was then that the driver lead officers on a high-speed pursuit down CR 4243 before crashing the truck through a gate on private property.
Deputies say they were able to apprehend one male subject. Five others were able to flee on foot.
“We are asking residents, especially those who live outside the city limits and on ranches, to remain vigilant,” Chief Deputy Peter Salinas said. “The number of human smuggling cases continues to increase and has resulted in many high-speed pursuits through the county.
These chases not only damage property, costing landowners thousands of dollars, but are putting the people’s lives in danger,” the chief deputy said