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Teen smuggler had six passengers in stolen car
A teen driver remains in critical condition this week after he led law enforcement officials on a 45-mile high-speed chase before colliding with a freight truck in Dilley on Monday, July 18.
The case involves the attempted smuggling of undocumented immigrants from the Mexican border.
Encinal police attempted to stop the suspected smuggler at the intersection of Hwy 44 and IH-35 at 7:30 a.m. Monday, but reported that the driver of the small sedan refused to halt and a pursuit ensued from La Salle into Frio County.
The driver has since been identified as Abrahan Cazares, 17, traveling with six passengers in a stolen car.
The Encinal PD report indicated that Dilley police were able to deploy tire-deflating spike strips near Milemarker 82 and the driver took the exit near the busy IH-35 intersection with Hwy. 85, heading towards a travel center beside the interstate.
The juvenile’s attempt to evade officers came to halt after he crashed the car into the back of a freight truck.
The driver and a passenger, later identified as an illegal immigrant, were transported by air flight to a San Antonio hospital. Five other undocumented immigrants were transported by ambulance to Frio Regional Hospital in Pearsall.
The driver remains in intensive care as of presstime.
Encinal police officers are extending their thanks to those assisting in the pursuit and capture of the driver and his smuggled immigrant passengers, including the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, La Salle County Pct. 2 Constable, Dilley Police Department, Texas Highway Patrol troopers, US Border Patrol agents, and the Frio County Sheriff’s Office.
Roads at the Hwy 85 intersection were closed during the accident investigation and clean-up.