Driver Faces Capital Murder Charges in Smuggling Chase

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio police say a man accused of trying to smuggle Central American migrants in an SUV will face capital murder charges.

Authorities say the driver led a state trooper and police from three departments on a high-speed chase that covered more than 100 miles.

The driver is a native of Cuba but his identity has not been released.

He was among the 12 people hospitalized early yesterday when the SUV rolled while being tailed by police.

Three other men who were thrown from the vehicle died at the scene.

Police say the injuries of the 12 hospitalized ranged from minor to critical.

All the vehicle's occupants were men. Most were believed to be from Guatemala and Honduras. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say they were apparently being smuggled to Houston.

Four of the SUV's occupants weren't injured. They were being held by ICE pending further investigation.


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