NILAND — Three suspected illegal immigrants led Imperial County sheriff's deputies on a vehicle pursuit that started here and reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour Tuesday.
Sheriff's Sgt. Manuel Avila said a deputy in Niland attempted to stop a four-door vehicle with three occupants inside for speeding through a school zone around 1:45 p.m.
The driver, later identified as Juan Gonzalez Serrano, 20, of Mexico, refused to stop and led the deputy on a pursuit north on Highway 111, which ended some to three miles north of Bombay Beach near the county line.
After the driver stopped the vehicle, the three individuals fled the area on foot, Avila said, adding they were caught with the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter.