La Joya Police Chase Human Smuggler

POSTED: Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 8:55am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

La Joya police spent Tuesday night tracking 12 more illegal immigrants, but getting them into custody did not come easily.

The so called coyote led officers on a dangerous pursuit that started with a call from the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post to La Joya PD about a suspicious truck loaded with people in the back. An officer located the truck and attempted to pull it over for questioning, but the driver speed up. During the high speed chase the La Joya officer ran the license plate number and discovered the blue pick up had been stolen from El Centro Mall in Pharr two days ago.

The chase went through the expressway, Diamond and Tom Gill roads in La Joya before the driver was forced to stop on Mile 5 road after both of his left tires blew out. When the truck stopped, everyone jumped out and made a run for it, but officers pursued 16 people on foot and arrested 12 individuals.

The Penitas Police Department, Hidalgo County Sheriff's, U.S. Border Patrol and a DPS chopper assisted La Joya in the pursuit. The immigrants came from different areas of Central America, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Those immigrants are now in custody where they await deportation to their countries of origin.

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