A high-speed police chase was prompted last week when a human smuggler from Texas carrying five illegal aliens in his vehicle refused to pull over during a routine traffic stop, officials say.
The smuggler, identified as Rogelio Favela Olguin, was driving a silver Chevy Malibu on U.S. 277 in Kinney County on Jan. 20 when the incident occurred, authorities said in a video of the incident.
According to Fox News, Olguin was told to pull over by a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper for a traffic violation but declined to do so and a high-speed chase ensued.
The smuggler reached speeds of up to 110 mph at times, while the illegal aliens, including a 4-year-old child, were seated inside the car, Texas DPS said.
The video footage shared by Texas DPS shows the driver speeding past cars along the busy highway as he attempts to lose law enforcement.
At one point, police attempt to use a spike strip to impede the driver but he is able to maneuver around it.
Police Apprehend Driver, Passenger
After an unknown amount of time, the driver of the vehicle eventually lost control and sent the car swerving in the middle of a ranch before coming to a stop, sending clouds of dust up into the air.
Police body camera footage shows multiple law enforcement vehicles surrounding the car before police exit their vehicles and approach the car containing the illegal aliens. The front part of the Chevy Malibu appears to have sustained some damage.
Meanwhile, the driver, along with another passenger, appears to flee the car, leaving behind the five illegal aliens, who can be seen sitting on the ground as one police officer speaks to them. One of the illegal aliens is holding the small child, who police said was a 4-year-old from Cuba.
The driver and passenger were eventually apprehended and arrested by police with assistance from a DPS helicopter. Both of the individuals are from Dallas, Texas, police said.
Olguin was charged with evading arrest and smuggling, as was the passenger, who was not identified.
The illegal aliens did not sustain any injuries during the crash and were handed over to U.S. Border Patrol, Texas DPS said.
Record Number of Encounters at Border
Earlier this week, Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-Wis.) criticized President Joe Biden’s border policies for “facilitating” the business model of drug cartels and human traffickers.
Johnson told Newsmax on Jan. 25 that the United States is “probably putting somewhere around $18 billion in the pockets of some of the most evil people on the planet because the Biden administration is facilitating the business model of these people,” adding, “it’s a scandal.”
The lawmaker said he estimated that around 4.5 million illegal aliens have crossed the U.S. border since Biden took office in 2021.
Official figures released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Jan. 23 said that the number of illegal alien encounters across the southern border for December 2022 rose to a monthly record of 251,487.
The Biden administration has repeatedly defended its handling of the border crisis and recently touted its “new border enforcement measures,” which it said “are working.”
That includes a recently-announced “humanitarian” parole program that will allow tens of thousands of illegal aliens from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to receive authorization to live and work in the United States, so long as they are able to find a sponsor inside the United States and pass a background check.
In a statement to Fox News, Texas DPS said: “It has become a common occurrence to see children being smuggled by human smugglers. This places the children in danger due to the actions and complete recklessness from human smugglers. Texas DPS is committed in combating criminal smuggling organizations and the rescue of children who are being victimized and exploited.”