VIRAL VIDEO: South Texas chase ends with several people bailing from truck

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist

ENCINO, Texas - Video of a South Texas car chase involving the Brooks County Sheriff's Office is going viral.

The Sheriff's Office shared dashcam video of what it said was a pursuit of a Ford F-250 that had been reported stolen. Brooks County Sheriff Urbino "Benny" Martinez estimates the incident took place in 2016.

The video shows law enforcement pursuing the truck until the driver pulls over along the shoulder of a road. Individuals in the truck open the doors while the car is still in motion and proceed to get out of the truck and run.

People in the bed of the truck are seen flinging a piece of plywood off themselves before jumping out of the truck bed and running. Approximately 10 people are seen running from the vehicle.

Martinez said suggestions that the Sheriff's Office published the video as a recruiting tactic are "insulting."

"I don't recruit like that," Martinez said via phone Tuesday. "(The video shows an) issue that occurs often in Brooks County. This is why I welcome people to come over here. It's constant."

The video has been viewed more than 8 million times since it was posted Friday. Martinez said that there was no underlying message to the video.

"We all know that the border's not secure, but that's not our message," Martinez said when asked what the purpose was in posting the video. "This is what goes on in Brooks County, period." 

The footage has drawn thousands of comments, with one person remarking, "That’s a good commercial for Ford. How many people can you fit in a Ford?"

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