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14-year-old Nogales boy accused of human smuggling attempt

Posted at 9:55 AM, Feb 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-01 11:56:17-05

Border Patrol agents say a 14-year-old Nogales boy was at the wheel of a van concealing a dozen Mexican citizens that crashed during a pursuit.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials released details Wednesday of the Jan. 21 incident, which occurred east of Nogales.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents tried to stop the Dodge Caravan but the driver sped away.

Agents followed the vehicle until the juvenile driver lost control of the van.

Authorities say the teen tried to flee on foot but was promptly arrested.

They discovered 12 Mexican nationals, ranging from age 15 to 45, inside the car. They were arrested on immigration violations.

The teen was booked on a felony charge of unlawful flight from a law enforcement vehicle and will be prosecuted in Santa Cruz County.