Texas Crash Leaves 5 Dead After Pursuit by Border Agents

Here's a closeup look at a Border Patrol processing center in McAllen Texas

Here's a closeup look at a Border Patrol processing center in McAllen Texas

A auto chase between border patrol vehicles and an SUV carrying 14 people resulted in a auto crash in Big Wells, Texas on Sunday. Authorities believe the driver and one passenger are USA citizens. The driver was not seriously injured and taken into Homeland Security custody, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told reporters.

Boyd said the driver was known to police, and had been seen in the area 'last week, ' either scouting the area or looking for immigrants to smuggle.

Big Wells is located on State Highway 85 between Carrizo Springs and San Antonio.

Four people believed to be undocumented immigrants were pronounced dead on the scene with a fifth pronounced dead after being transported to a San Antonio hospital.

"This, I think, is a flawless example, of why are borders need to be secured", Boyd said. "This is I think a ideal example of why our borders need to be secured".

The sheriff said he didn't know where the immigrants were from but said most migrants who travel through the area are from Central America or Mexico.

The driver of the SUV led officials on a chase until the driver lost control and crashed, killing five people and injuring at least 10 others, reports said. All of the people killed were immigrants. But along with that, there needs to be cameras.

"Border patrol was pursuing a vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban, and one of my deputies assisted and took over the pursuit just west of Big Wells", Boyd said.

When asked why Border Patrol agents started the chase, Boyd said, "It's called good police work".

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