Man Swims into U.S. to Escape Mexican Authorities

POSTED: Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 6:46pm

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

Two Mexican police officers are recovering from a stabbing after a high speed chase. Police say the driver stole a police car and drove it to the edges of the Rio Grande, then jumped into the river and swam across to the U.S. but was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol.

The bizarre chase began on the streets of Reynosa. Authorities say the man stole a patrol unit and sped away after stabbing two police officers with a knife. About 40 units followed the suspect, even a helicopter assisted in today's chase. When the thief refused to stop, police fired several shots. But the shots didn't stop him either. His mission was to get away, which he did.

“According to officials the high speed chase ended just across the border. Mexican officials say the man jumped out of the police unit and made his way to the U.S. side. But what he didn't know was that border patrol agents were waiting to arrest him.”

The arrest was made at the Anzalduas Park, in Mission, where border patrol agents spotted the man swimming without any clothes. County constables and Mission Police assisted after getting reports of shots fired in the area. Assistant Chief of Police, Martin Garza, says the police department patrols about 13 miles of the river daily and work hand in hand with border patrol.

“We’re always sharing intelligence information. The guys working the field are making contacts with each other making sure their safety is okay and that the information is shared in order to continue maintaining safety on the border.”

The man is in border patrol custody and now faces deportation along with charges by Reynosa police.

The injured officers were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. They are said to be in stable condition.

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