(KRVG) LA JOYA – La Joya police found over 20 illegal immigrants crammed in a Suburban. Their alleged smuggler led officers on a chase and then jumped out of the moving vehicle.
Police say they had tried to pull over 26-year-old Samuel Sanchez for running a stop sign. We’re told he refused. He led officers on a chase to Mission.
Dashcam video shows him weaving dangerously in and out of traffic. Sanchez then jumped out of the Suburban.
"The vehicle finally came to a stop. I guess one of the passengers jumped in there to put the breaks on. And we discovered there were 22 individuals in there,” says Lieutenant Julian Gutierrez.
Officers found men, women, and children in the Suburban. The group is now in Border Patrol custody.
Meanwhile, Sanchez is behind bars. He was treated for a few scratches. He’ll be charged with human smuggling. Police tell NEWSCHANNEL 5 the charge will be added to an already lengthy rap sheet.
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Location: La Joya, Texas, United States (load item map)
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