A minor collision and a high-speed pursuit by California Highway Patrol officers and Imperial County Sheriff's Office deputies led to the apprehension of 11 illegal immigrants Monday afternoon.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Jose Salazar said a call came in to the Highway Patrol about 2:50 p.m. regarding a collision on Interstate 8 west of Dunaway Road.
A Highway Patrol officer who arrived at the scene was told by the driver of one of the vehicles involved that the other driver had fled in a pickup on Dunaway Road.
A Sheriff's Office deputy at the scene left in search of the pickup.
The deputy saw the truck on Evan Hewes Highway but the driver refused to yield and a pursuit ensued as the vehicles headed east at speeds reaching up to 65 mph.