Kinney County sheriff’s deputies conducted an early morning motor vehicle chase Wednesday of a vehicle suspected of being used for smuggling. The early morning pursuit along a Texas county road ended when the driver of the fleeing vehicle lost control and flipped it, according to a report in The Epoch Times.
The Mexican national driving the vehicle was reportedly wearing a cartel-related medallion. He was arrested and is reportedly facing at least seven felony charges, according to Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe.
The arrested man had been driving five illegal aliens when deputies lit up their cruise to have the vehicle pull over. One female passenger was taken to the hospital in Del Rio for non-life-threatening injuries, the report noted, adding the remaining four declined medical treatment.
Sherrif Coe said Border Patrol informed him they would only take the four uninjured illegal aliens into custody for processing if they had been medically evaluated.
“Well they had declined any type of medical help,” Coe told The Epoch Times. “So I can’t let them walk the streets. I can’t say, ‘Hey, go, be free.’”
“Because I still have to protect the Constitution and protect the people in the county.”
Three uninjured males and one uninjured female were loaded into the sheriff’s truck. Coe said he transported them to the entry port at Eagle Pass, about one-hour away from the crash site. He reportedly dropped them at the port of entry between the United States and Mexico.
The four aliens deported by the sheriff are just a drop in the bucket, though. Sheriff Coe posted information to his department Facebook page that said in the five days between June 17 and 22, authorities busted 32 loads of illegal aliens on county highways.
“Meanwhile, hidden cameras on area ranches have spotted 4,100 individual trespassers so far for the month of June,” the sheriff said. Kinney County’s 2010 population was only 3,745 so the number of illegals that entered the county in one month is greater than the total year-round population of lawful residents.
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