SEGUIN, Texas -

Thirteen illegal immigrants from Honduras were arrested Saturday morning in Guadalupe county after a short chase ended with a crash into a ditch.

Sheriff Arnold Zwicke said the chase began shortly after the truck made an abrupt lane change and slowed down to about 50 miles per hour in front of a sheriff’s corporal. 

The corporal ran the truck’s license plate and it came back as stolen.

“He followed it and was going to initiate a traffic stop and the vehicle refused to stop,” said Zwicke.

The truck lead the deputy on a short chase reaching a high speed of 77 miles per hour. 

The driver nearly spun out on the I-10 access road near Highway 46 but recovered and drove across a field before crashing into a ditch at Fleming drive. 

After crashing, 13 suspects began to run from the F-150 double cab. 

Three of them were treated for minor injuries.

Zwicke said six of the suspects were arrested at the scene and the other seven were arrested in the area with the help of residents. 

The Seguin police department used its reverse 911 system to alert nearby residents about the situation. 

All 13 suspects told authorities they were from Honduras. 

They were turned over to Border Patrol and officials with Immigration and Naturalization services to face charges of human trafficking and possible deportation.