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Drove over female passenger
A two-county pursuit of suspected smugglers ended near Dilley in the early hours of Monday, October 11, after a pair of Houston men reportedly pushed one of their passengers from the car and ran over her.
Tire-deflating spikes were deployed on the interstate when Texas Highway Patrol troopers and local sheriff’s deputies determined that the vehicle should be stopped without further delay.
The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed this week that driver Jerrigo Curtis Wynne Rasmus and fellow smuggler Michael Corey Edwards, both aged 20, had been heading north from Laredo on IH-35 before midnight Sunday when they were spotted by US Border Patrol agents who suspected the pair of traveling with undocumented immigrant passengers.
The case report shows that Rasmus slowed the Chrysler 300 sedan near Milemarker 56, approximately ten miles south of Cotulla, and released two of his passengers, but then drove over one of them in a continuing effort to evade arrest.
Emergency responders dispatched to the scene reported finding a woman who appeared to have been injured when she was pushed from the moving car.
“The woman had tire marks on her,” La Salle County Sheriff’s Captain Juan Mirelez said of the midnight incident. “She and a male passenger were found beside the road and were identified as undocumented immigrants.”
The injured woman was treated at the scene and later remanded into US Border Patrol custody.
“The vehicle continued traveling north, and now with Border Patrol, sheriff’s deputies, and Highway Patrol in pursuit,” the captain said. “The driver crossed into Frio County and it was decided that spikes had to be deployed.”
The Chrysler was brought to a halt near Milemarker 85.
Officers discovered two additional passengers in the back seat and determined that both men were undocumented immigrants.
Rasmus and Edwards were cuffed on charges of human smuggling with risk of serious bodily injury or death. Rasmus was additionally charged with evading arrest and possession of marijuana. Both remained in custody at the La Salle County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of bond. The case report indicates that neither of the suspects was in possession of a driver’s license.
The vehicle has been impounded at the Sheriff’s Yard in Cotulla.