SAN MANUEL, TX – A man died on Tuesday when a police chase ended in a collision on US 281 south of San Manuel, KRGV reports.
The incident began at about 2:40 p.m. on August 24, when a state trooper attempted to pull over a Black Chevrolet Silverado for an unspecified traffic violation near the intersection of FM 2191 and CR 212, north of Falfurrias. The Silverado’s driver refused to comply, and instead led police on a chase across US 281.
Troopers eventually deployed a spike strip as the Silverado entered Hidalgo County, causing it to crash near 281 and Miller Road. Luis Antonio Ruiz Perez, a 25-year-old Mexican national who was a passenger in the vehicle, died at the scene.
Authorities took the Silverado’s 17-year-old driver into custody alongside Perez’s father, who was also a passenger in the vehicle. They have described the crash as a “human smuggling incident,” and say that the men had been hiding in brush for about eight hours before they were picked up by the Silverado’s underage driver.
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