3 illegal border crossers nabbed near Picacho

2013-11-19T12:34:00Z 3 illegal border crossers nabbed near PicachoKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 19, 2013 12:34 pm  • 

A high-speed chase in Pinal County Thursday ended in the arrests of three men in the U.S. illegally, but a dozen other men got away.

Just before 6 a.m. a Pinal County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a Ford F-150 truck westbound on Interstate 10 near Eloy northwest of Picacho, after he saw the driver commit several traffic violations, Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.

When the deputy activated his emergency lights, the driver of the truck accelerated to speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour.

“The vehicle then slowed and drove on the dirt shoulder near the right-of-way fence. The vehicle then drove northbound smashing through the fence and into the open desert,” Gaffney said. “After driving for approximately 250 yards, the vehicle stopped and 12 Hispanic males ran into the desert.”

The deputy found three men hiding under a tarp in the bed of the truck. The men admitted they were in the United States illegally, Gaffney said.

The men were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol. The truck was seized by the PCSO.

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