EL PASO, TX — According to KTSM, at least six people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a vehicle rolled during a pursuit in El Paso’s Lower Valley.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said the crash occurred on Cesar E. Chavez Border Highway (Loop 375), near the Padres Drive exit, at about 7:15 a.m.
An early investigation indicates a Texas Highway Patrol trooper had seen a red Chevrolet Equinox commit a traffic violation on Interstate 10 near milepost 35. The trooper tried to pull the vehicle over, but its driver refused to stop.
Officials said the chase began eastbound and then continued back west on the interstate to Loop 375.
After 20 minutes, the trooper conducted a PIT (Precision Immobilization Technique) to stop the suspect vehicle.
As the vehicle came to a stop, it overturned. ejecting one occupant who was not wearing a seat belt. That patient suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital, along with at least five other victims, including the driver. The extent of their injuries was not disclosed.
DPS said the driver, a 19-year-old man from Mexico, was taken into custody. He has since been charged with fleeing in a motor vehicle. The agency said the victims included seven undocumented immigrants who were later released to the United States Border Patrol.
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