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Illegal immigrants apprehended after vehicle pursuit

February 13, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — Imperial County Sheriff's Office deputies apprehended three illegal immigrants after a short pursuit that reached speeds of 80 to 85 mph west of here.

Sheriff's Sgt. Manuel Avila said a deputy attempted to stop a northbound vehicle on Kalin Road near Eddins Road.

The driver failed to stop the four-door vehicle and led the deputy on a short pursuit.

The driver tried to make a right turn onto Lindsey Road, a dirt road, but lost control of the vehicle and it became stuck near an embankment of a canal.

The driver fled but was later caught hiding in the fields nearby.

Ricardo Jimenez-Sosa, 20, of Puebla, Mexico, was arrested for fleeing from police, driving without a license and resisting arrest. He was being held in the county jail today with bail set at $1,000. He was determined to be in the country illegally.

The two other illegal immigrants involved in the case, who did not flee from the vehicle, were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.

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Avila said the vehicle had not been reported as stolen.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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