Frio County Crash Report: Suspected human smuggler hit, hurt by patrol unit on US-57

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Crash Report – U.S. Highway 57 near Pearsall


Report ID: 2022 December 04

NCIC#: Unknown

OFFICER ID#: Unknown

Traffic Unit 1:  Pedestrian

Traffic Unit 2:  Zavala County Sheriff’s Office deputy patrol car

Traffic Unit 3: white Ford F-150 pickup truck

Occupants: 2

Vehicle Damage (If Any): Unknown

Property Damage (other than vehicles): Unknown

Road Surface Condition (Dry, Wet, Snow, Mud, Dirt): Unknown

Manner of Crash Impact (Single Vehicle, Angle, Left Turn, Rear-End, Head-On, Sideswipe, U-Turn, Other, Unknown): Unknown

Location of Pedestrian/Cyclist (If Any): Unknown


A man accused of human smuggling was injured Sunday when he was hit by a Zavala County deputy’s patrol vehicle. The incident occurred during a pursuit that began on U.S. Highway 57 east of Batesville and ended on another stretch of the highway ten miles into Frio County. According to authorities, a Zavala County deputy tried to pull over a driver in a white Ford F-150 pickup truck, but the driver sped away from deputies. During the chase, the F-150 suddenly stopped once to let two occupants out before continuing to speed east. When the F-150 was about ten miles into Frio County, it again slowed down to let three other occupants out. At one point, the driver also jumped out of the pickup. The pickup, was was not put it into park, rolled and hit a deputy’s patrol unit. The deputy attempted to drive around the pickup, but the patrol unit ultimately hit the male driver who had jumped out. The fleeing driver and one passenger in the pickup were transported to BAMC Hospital in San Antonio. The extent of their injuries was not shared. Authorities said the driver of the F-150 faces charges of “smuggling of persons” and “evading arrest with a motor vehicle.” The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating.

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