18-Wheeler pursuit, from border checkpoint, results in seizure of marijuana
POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 12:10pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 12:12pm
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — A Palmview man has been sentenced to prison after being convicted for possession of marijuana and leading Border Patrol agents in a high speed chase in a 18-wheeler.
A Senior U.S. District Judge has sentenced Nelson Alanis-Alanis, 29, to over 11 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty on April 19th for possession of over 200 pounds of marijuana.
During testimony in the case, Border Patrol agents testified that Alanis was driving a 2004 Freightliner tractor trailer as he approached the Falfurrias checkpoint on March 12, 2013.
Alanis was directed to a secondary inspection, but instead fled northbound on U.S. Highway 281 driving at speeds of up to 70 mph.
Agents pursued the trailer, but were forced onto the median as Alanis maneuvered the vehicle across both lanes of traffic and onto the shoulder in an attempt to run the agents off the road.
The high speed chase continued through the town of Falfurrias with Alanis running a red, narrowly missing traffic at the intersection, driving through several barricades and causing construction workers to flee the path of the trailer.
Alanis jumped from the trailer as it headed towards an elementary school, but a border agent was able to climb into the cab of the trailer and stop it and Alanis was arrested a short time later.