Texas Department of Public Safety troopers thwarted another human smuggling attempt in Webb County on Saturday. 

After DPS engaged in a high-speed chase of a Ford Explorer on FM-1462, the driver—piloting his vehicle down the wrong side of the road during the chase—bailed out and fled on foot. 

DPS troopers eventually caught up to the man and apprehended him. According to DPS spokesman Chris Olivarez, the driver was a human smuggler from Laredo. He was arrested on charges of smuggling of persons and evading arrest. Four illegal aliens were transferred to U.S. Border Patrol. 

Video footage posted to X by Olivarez features troopers chasing down the vehicle—which weaved in and out of traffic and between other cars. The SUV driver eventually led troopers down a series of dirt roads before finally fleeing the vehicle on foot. He terminated his escape, by laying on the ground and saying he “just got tired.”

This is one of the latest instances of DPS engaging in high-speed pursuits of human smugglers, illegal aliens, or both. 

Last week, Texas DPS troopers arrested six illegal aliens after one such chase in Maverick County. “The smuggler rammed a ranch fence during the pursuit and evaded through the brush,” posted Olivarez on X. “The smuggler continued to drive through numerous ranches, ramming five ranch fences attempting to elude DPS Aircraft.” 

All aliens attempted to flee on foot but were eventually rounded up following the collaboration of DPS aircraft, Horse Patrol, and a brush team. 

“The smuggler, Carlos Alberto Urbina Miralda, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was charged with five counts of smuggling of persons, five counts of criminal trespass, five counts of criminal mischief, evading arrest, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle,” Olivarez continued. 

All illegal aliens were also charged with five counts of criminal mischief, criminal trespass, law enforcement evasion on foot, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. 

In another Maverick County chase, DPS officers arrested two teen human smugglers transporting a trio of illegal aliens—one was wanted for murder. After failing to stop for a traffic violation, the driver of the GMC Sierra led DPS on a pursuit that ended with a crash into a ranch fence. The group was arrested after they attempted to flee on foot. 

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.