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Deputies nab four illegal immigrants after short pursuit

May 30, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — Four undocumented immigrants were caught this morning after attempting to flee from county Sheriff's Office deputies just west of here.

Sheriff's Sgt. Pompeyo Tabarez said a sheriff's deputy stopped a van just north of Eddins Road after it failed to stop at a stop sign on Brandt Road about 2:30 a.m.

As the deputy was approaching the van, the driver sped away.

After a short pursuit, the driver slowed enough to where he and three passengers were able to jump out of the van.

According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol, one of the passengers, Luis Rodriguez of the state of Guerrero, Mexico, got his foot run over by the moving van.

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A spokesman for Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley said Rodriguez was treated for his injuries and released.

Rodriguez and the other two passengers, Raymundo Viviano and a 17-year-old boy, both from Guerrero, were caught.

The van ended up in the dry side of a ditch.

Juan Miranda Jimenez, 24, of Puebla, Mexico, is accused of being the driver.

The four suspects were turned over to the California Highway Patrol.

Jimenez was arrested for reckless driving. He was being held in the county jail this morning with bail set at $20,000.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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