Pinal County Sheriff's officials arrested a vehicle pursuit suspect, who later admitted to being deported ten times.
Authorities attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on Interstate 10, near Milepost 200, when the driver led police on a pursuit. Police said he reached speeds near 90 miles per hour and ran several stop signs before stopping near Wheeler and Baumgartner roads.
The man ran away from the vehicle and into the desert toward a canal, where he jumped into the two-foot-deep water. Authorities said the officer told the man he'd release his K-9 deputy if he didn't stop, but the man refused and the dog helped take the suspect into custody.
"[He] told the deputy he ran because he had been deported ten prior times back to Mexico from the United States," Sheriff Paul Babeu stated in a news release. "The last time he was caught, he spent 15 months in a federal prison and he was worried he was going to get sent back."
Babeu said the man told the deputy he was on probation for being deported so many times and last walked across the border two weeks ago. U.S. Border Patrol confirmed he was last deported on June 18.
The man, identified as 27-year-old Alejandro Castillo-Padilla of Mexico, was booked into the Pinal County Jail on charges of felony flight and reckless driving. An immigration hold was placed on him.
Authorities seized the vehicle, which was registered to a fake name and address, as well as nearly $500 in cash.
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