Not wearing seat belt leads to four-city immigrant chase

Authorities are investigating an immigrant chase that led police, state troopers and Border Patrol agents through four Rio Grande Valley cities on Wednesday afternoon.

Sullivan City police report that the driver and three passengers were taken into custody.

Investigators said the three passengers were all undocumented immigrants and are now in the custody of Border Patrol.

Sullivan City police took 26 year-old Weslaco resident Jose Luis Martinez into custody.

Interim Police Chief Miguel Martinez told Action 4 News that it all started on East Expressway 83 near Cenizo Drive around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A patrol officer tried to make a traffic stop on Martinez's green Crown Victoria because Martinez was not wearing his seatbelt.

Martinez led police on a high-speed chase through four cities.

The chase ended when the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) state troopers through tire spikes in front of his car.

The spikes flattened his rear tires at on the frontage road of Expressway 83 between Inspiration and La Homa Roads.

Two of the immigrants stayed inside the car while the driver and the third immigrant tried to flee.

Sullivan City police said Martinez dropped a gun as he ran away.

Martinez allegedly told police he didn TMt stop because the undocumented immigrants were scared of being apprehended.

The Weslaco man now faces charges of evading arrest and smuggling of persons while another charge is pending.