Suspected Drug Smuggler Flees Police and Crosses Border

POSTED: Friday, March 6, 2009 - 6:23pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

A Palmview police officer is recovering after crashing into a concrete wall as he chased a suspected drug smuggler. The U.S. Border Patrol and Mission Police assisted the Palmview Police Department, but even with their assistance, the high speed chase ended with no arrests or drug seizures and with the suspect back in México.

According to the Hidalgo Sheriff's Department and U.S. Border Patrol, when drug smugglers are being followed by police, they'll go into the Anzalduas Park and head south of the levee.

“This isn't the first time it happens. It does happen where the vehicle plunges into the river with the narcotics and take it back to the Mexican side.”

The incident began at 6:00 a.m. in Palmview when a police officer tried to pull over a pick-up truck for driving recklessly. Spokesman for Palmview Police, Lenny Sanchez, says the high speed chase ended south of Mission, but while in pursuit the officer lost control of his police unit and slammed into a concrete wall off U.S. Expressway 83 and Brey Fogle road in Mission. He was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Mission Police and border patrol continued chasing the suspect, but he was able to get away. Border Patrol Spokesman, John Lopez, says the driver plunged into the Rio Grande, took the narcotics and swam across. Border patrol retrieved the truck, which police confirmed was stolen in another Valley city.

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