TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A 30-year-old man from Sierra Vista is in federal custody and is facing smuggling charges after trying to flee from Border Patrol agents on Wednesday, Aug. 2.
Border Patrol agents from the Willcox Station stopped a Saturn SUV that was traveling north on State Route 90 near Benson, to conduct an immigration inspection.
According to a release from US Customs and Border Protection, the SUV sped away as the agents exited their vehicle. The SUV crossed the median and began speeding south on SR 90. It turned onto an undesignated road and stopped abruptly after hitting thick brush.
BP agents following the SUV saw seven people fleeing on foot near a residential area north of the SR 82 and SR 90 intersection, south of Benson.
Agents soon caught all seven people, six Mexican nationals and the Sierra Vista man.
The six people from Mexico were processed for immigration violations, and the Sierra Vista man was taken into custody, according to the release.