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Texas Sheriff 200 Miles from Border Sees Spike in Human Smuggler Car Chases

Sheriff Justin Marr of Victoria County, Texas, and his deputies patrol more than 200 miles from the Rio Grande. The distance has not insulated his office and constituents from the impacts of the current border crisis.

Victoria County is known as a crossroads for many due to the convergence of two major highways. State Highways 59 and 77 meet in Victoria and are the primary routes to Houston from the Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley, the epicenter of the crisis.

On Tuesday afternoon, one of Marr’s deputies attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle for a traffic violation just outside the county seat. The vehicle immediately fled and departed the jurisdiction. Deputies from neighboring Jackson County took over the pursuit. As with most cases, the driver of the fleeing vehicle reached high speeds and began to endanger other commuters.

To reduce the danger, Jackson County deputies terminated the pursuit of the vehicle. A short time after, the vehicle collided with a utility pole. Deputies noticed the vehicle had been modified to fit more passengers. All occupants fled the vehicle and ran into brush areas. When search activities concluded, five migrants and two United States citizens were arrested.

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