Teen smuggler charged after chase, crash
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A 15-year-old juvenile is now behind bars after he led law enforcement officials on a high-speed pursuit through two counties Wednesday, February 1.
Frio County deputies say state troopers asked them to deploy tire-deflating spikes along Hwy 57 in an effort to stop the driver before the vehicle reached IH-35.
However, reportedly due to weather conditions making the roadway slick, the juvenile driver lost control of the Ford F-250 pickup truck and caused it to ride up the concrete embankment at the Hwy 57 and IH-35 overpass. The vehicle then became airborne before flipping over and landing on its side in the northbound lanes of the interstate.
Frio County deputies were able to break windows and extract the driver, his 12-year-old passenger and an illegal immigrant the pair had been transporting.
The undocumented immigrant was extracted through the windshield and was unresponsive; he was transported by ambulance to a San Antonio hospital.
Both juveniles are from San Antonio; San Antonio police later confirmed the 12-year-old was reported to be a runaway who had become involved in the human smuggling trade.
Investigating deputies later learned the pickup truck had been reported stolen.
The driver was arrested and charged with a number of felony offenses, including human smuggling causing bodily injury, evading arrest causing bodily injury, drug possession and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.