Sgt. Ryan Treviño reported that he was patrolling the extreme eastern part of the city at about 11:40 a.m. that day when he noticed two vehicles, a gray Chevrolet and a gold Ford pickup traveling north on U.S. Highway 181.
Treviño said something about the two vehicles interested him so he radioed for a license plate check on them.
When the dispatcher reported that the license plate on the Ford truck was supposed to have been on a stolen car and not a pickup, he turned to pursue the vehicle.
By that time the truck had turned onto U.S. Highway 59 and was headed east.
When Treviño caught up with the pickup, it turned south onto County Road 406 and began trying to evade the officer.
Treviño said the truck made an abrupt turn into a closed gate on the county road, crashed through the gate and began driving on the property inside the fence.
Treviño turned on his emergency lights and tried to stop the vehicle.
As he drew closer to the truck, he noticed the front doors open and five males immediately jumped from the vehicle.
Then three women and a young male jumped from the back seat.
The officer said as he drew closer to the pickup he noticed one head look up from the bed of the truck.
Patrolman Jordan Tindol arrived at the scene seconds after the driver of the pickup stopped and jumped out himself.
The two officers were able to round up everyone but the driver, who escaped into the brush.
Officers called for a Bee County Sheriff’s Office van to come to the scene and transport the undocumented immigrants to the Bee County Jail until they could be picked up by Border Patrol authorities.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.