100-mile chase involving suspected human trafficking ends in SA
Multiple people detained after chase from Laredo area; 5 men flee from deputies
SAN ANTONIO – A high-speed chase that involved a vehicle carrying 16 people ended in east San Antonio early Friday morning, Bexar County sheriff's deputies said.
Bexar County Sheriff's Office officials say the chase initially began about 120 miles away in Encinal, north of Laredo.
U.S. Border Patrol agents began to follow the pickup truck and called Bexar deputies for assistance once the chase entered Bexar County.
BCSO officials said deputies knew the truck was running out of gas so they boxed the vehicle in near Interstate 35 and Splashtown Drive.
However, officials said the driver then rammed three patrol cars and several people attempted to flee on foot when the truck came to a stop.
"Some of them were in the bed, some of them were in the backseat of the truck. We also had children involved in this, so it's very fortunate that this ended without anyone suffering any major injuries," said James Keith, BCSO spokesperson. "This is unfortunately not an uncommon situation."
Deputies were able to detain 11 people, but five men managed to get away from authorities.
Officials said among those inside the pickup were two children. The 15 passengers in the vehicle were believed to have been smuggled into the country.
"According to our deputies, we had people in the bed of the truck and inside the cab. They were all over the place. During the search for the men that fled on foot, Bexar County deputies used a K-9 unit to assist and the dog bit one of the deputies, officials said. The deputy was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The driver has been identified as 17-year-old Amanda Huitron. She is now facing three counts of aggravted assault on a public servant and one count of evading arrest with a motor vehicle. Huitron will be extradited to San Antonio to face local charges. She is being held in Webb County.
Officials said the chase reached speeds of nearly 100 mph within Bexar County. Officials said the U.S. Border Patrol is handling the investigation.
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