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Texas Border Patrol Chase Ends In Crash, Killing At Least 5 Immigrants

18 June 2018

Texas Department of Public Safety officials say four were pronounced dead at the scene midday Sunday.

Authorities are investigating the scene where a vehicle full of undocumented immigrants being chased by Border Patrol agents crashed.

"The Border Patrol was pursuing a vehicle and one of my deputies assisted in the pursuit, and took over the pursuit just west of Big Wells", Mr. Boyd told KSAT-12.

"We've seen this many, many times, in not only this county but other counties along the border", Boyd told CNN.

The pursuit took place in Big Wells, about 130 miles southwest of San Antonio. Authorities believe the driver and one passenger are United States citizens and the 12 other passengers were undocumented immigrants, Boyd said.

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"The vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to recorrect and then caused the vehicle to turn over several times", he said.

Sheriff Boyd said there needs to be a wall built around the area because it's a "real problem". The passenger in the front seat is reportedly in police custody.

Boy believes the driver was scouting the area to try and pick up immigrants.

The chase had reached speeds topping 100 miles per hour, the sheriff added. 12 immigrants were ejected and four died on scene.

Footage of the crash showed four bodies on the ground, the charred Chevrolet and several Border Patrol vehicles at the scene. Dimmit County is directly north of Webb County and east of Maverick County, which border Mexico. The sheriff told the San Antonio NBC affiliate that it was "good police work" that led to deputies being involved in the chase.

Texas Border Patrol Chase Ends In Crash, Killing At Least 5 Immigrants