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Vehicle pursuit leads to capture of six suspected illegal immigrants

February 21, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — Police officers here apprehended six illegal immigrants Wednesday night after a vehicle pursuit along dirt roads reached speeds of up to 60 mph.

The pursuit started around 8:50 p.m. in the southwest end of Westmorland, leading officers northeast of the city.

A press release from the Westmorland Police Department states officers Fred M. Beltran Jr. and Stephen Mistriel saw a red sport-utility vehicle with a broken tail lamp traveling west on Baughman Road approaching Martin Road.

The officers followed the vehicle onto Martin, then Highway 86, at which time they attempted to stop the SUV on the highway, the press release states.

The driver failed to stop the vehicle, instead speeding away. The unidentified driver made a right turn onto Lack Road and headed north at speeds of up to 60 mph, states the press release.

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The driver then entered dirt roads at speeds of 40 to 50 mph, turning off the SUV's headlights in an attempt to evade the pursuing officers, the press release states.

The vehicle finally stopped at Loveland and Boarts roads, where the driver and the front passengers fled on foot.

While six immigrants were apprehended by police and turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol, border agents were still searching this morning for two suspects, according to the press release.

It wasn't known this morning if any of those apprehended was the driver.

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

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