Multiple Dead After High-Speed Chase Involving Migrants

( – A recent incident in southern Texas highlights the problems associated with President Joe Biden’s lax border policies. His recent decisions also blocked Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R-TX) efforts to fill the enforcement void created by the administration’s unwillingness to secure the nation’s southern border.

On May 8, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) posted a statement on his X/Twitter account providing details about a deadly crash involving several migrants. Lt. Chris Olivarez advised that TDPS investigators were looking into the circumstances surrounding the one-vehicle accident on State Highway 85 in Dimmit County the previous evening at approximately 6:05 p.m.

Breitbart News talked to an unnamed law enforcement official who confirmed the crash occurred about 50 miles from Eagle Pass, a border city along a corridor used by human smugglers. The source said there wasn’t a “bright side” to the tragic incident, “but at least no innocent civilians were killed in the crash.”

Olivarez reported that a preliminary investigation confirmed that the driver of a black 2019 Nissan Pathfinder SUV was attempting to elude law enforcement officials at a high rate of speed. That individual, a suspected human smuggler, “took evasive action” to avoid a spike strip.

The driver subsequently lost control of the SUV, and the vehicle “rolled over several times, ejecting all the occupants.” Olivarez confirmed that first responders pronounced three of the passengers deceased on the scene. One of them was a US citizen, Steven Wayne Capps. The other two were “unidentified males from Mexico.” The remaining occupants included one female and two males from south of the border.

The three surviving passengers and the driver, 20-year-old Enrique Martin Mendez, were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment for their injuries. An unspecified number of them suffered from serious wounds.

Hospital officials treated Mendez and released him to the custody of law enforcement officials. They transported him to the Dimmit County Jail. He faces six counts of smuggling persons resulting in serious injury or death, three counts of evading arrest resulting in death, and three counts of evading arrest causing serious injury. Authorities are also holding him on an outstanding warrant from the Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO).

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