CASA GRANDE, AZ - Pinal County Sheriff's deputies took two people into custody who had entered the country illegally after deputies pursued them into the desert Thursday morning.
According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, a patrol deputy tried to stop a vehicle on Interstate -10 after he saw the driver swerving outside of the lane. However, when the deputy turned on his emergency lights, the driver sped up to over 100 mph, officials said.
The deputy pursued the truck westbound along the highway until they were near the McCartney Road exit.
Authorities said instead of exiting, the driver plowed through the fence and continued driving high speed through the desert.
Authorities called in other deputies, Casa Grande police, the United States Border Patrol and the PSCO Air Unit to assist in the pursuit.
Officials said they located the truck abandoned in the desert and found the two individuals in the surrounding area.
The two people told deputies that they were part of a group of twenty people from Mexico who had entered the United States illegally. Authorities said the other group members were never located and that the two people captured were turned over to border patrol for deportation.