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Two teenage boys were detained on smuggling charges Monday morning, December 20, after leading officers in a high-speed pursuit through La Salle County with a number of undocumented immigrants.
Officers investigating the case have reported that the San Antonio natives had been traveling north from Laredo on IH-35 in a Volkswagen Jetta sedan and were spotted avoiding a US Border Patrol checkpoint near the La Salle County line.
Border Patrol agents followed the vehicle past Encinal and reported the situation to La Salle County officers, who picked up the pursuit at Milemarker 65, approximately three miles south of Cotulla.
The sheriff’s office report shows that the Volkswagen was traveling at speeds of over 90 miles per hour.
Troopers of the Texas Highway Patrol were engaged in the pursuit and deployed tire-deflating spikes in the roadway, which brought the car to a halt near Gardendale, and officers discovered that both front-seat occupants were 13 years old.
The vehicle was registered to an owner in Natalia and had not been reported stolen as of Tuesday this week, according to the sheriff’s office.
Five adults were found traveling as passengers in the sedan, including two on the back seat and three in the trunk, La Salle Captain Juan Mirelez said. All were identified as natives of Guatemala and all had entered the United States illegally.
The teens were detained on charges of evading arrest and five counts each of human smuggling. The sheriff’s office has confirmed that the young suspects could not be housed at a juvenile facility, as there is none in La Salle County and as neighboring counties declined to accept them at their facilities. The suspects were released to their parents’ custody the same day and are required to make court appearances.