A chase with a suspected human smuggler from south to central Laredo ended when the suspect’s vehicle ran out of gas, authorities said.
Webb County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office deputies identified the suspect as a 16-year-old boy who was determined to be a U.S. citizen. He was detained and charged with eight counts of smuggling of persons and evading arrest with a vehicle, both felonies.
On Wednesday evening, a deputy was traveling south on U.S. 83 and One River Place when he observed a white 2002 Ford Explorer loading up people. A chase ensued when the deputy approached the Explorer, authorities said.
Authorities said people were jumping out of the vehicle during the chase. The Explorer then allegedly ran out of gas in the intersection of Lafayette Street and San Eduardo Avenue. That’s where the juvenile was detained.
A woman who bailed out from the vehicle during the chase was taken to Laredo Medical Center for treatment. She along with seven other men were determined to be immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala who had crossed the border illegally.
“I want to congratulate our deputies for being proactive out in the field. This is another great example of how we continue to work together with our deputies and other law enforcement entities in order to protect and serve our community,” said Precinct 2 Constable Mike Villarreal.