PCSO: 7 Mexican immigrants caught after pursuit

PHOENIX - Pinal County sheriff’s deputies arrested seven undocumented immigrants from Mexico following a pursuit with speeds reaching almost 100 mph on Tuesday night.

According to a PCSO news release, a deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop on a 1998 Ford Expedition around 8:45 p.m. on Interstate 10 in Eloy for an equipment violation.

The suspect noticed the deputy following and began driving erratically, switching back and forth between lanes, PCSO said.

The deputy activated his emergency lights and siren and the vehicle fled, the suspect driver turning on the SUV’s emergency hazard lights as it reached speeds of 90 mph, driving in both lanes of traffic at the same time.

The vehicle eventually left the highway, fleeing southbound on Toltec Road to Curtis Road where 10 people got out of the vehicle and jumped into an irrigation canal.

PCSO says three, including the driver, were able to cross the canal and run into the desert.

The remaining seven people were caught and turned over to U.S. Border Patrol agents.

It was later discovered that one of the undocumented immigrants has four previous deportations from the U.S. and has a lengthy criminal history in the country, including aggravated assault with a firearm on a peace officer and drug charges.

The suspect vehicle was registered out of Phoenix and was seized by authorities for forfeiture.

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