Venezuelan migrant apprehended with 28 others in van near Texas border

A Texas Department of Public Safety soldier arrested a Venezuelan migrant for allegedly smuggling a group of 28 migrants, including a minor, inside Texas. Dashcam video provided by DPS shows a high-speed chase in the overloaded van where the Venezuelan tried to avoid being apprehended.

A Texas DPS soldier attempted to stop a white pickup truck on the night of Jan. 25 on U.S. Highway 57 in Zavala County, according to a statement from DPS spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez. The driver, later identified by the DPS as an illegal immigrant from Venezuela, refused to stop and led the soldier into a high-speed chase.

The driver eventually pulled his van off the road and attempted to flee on foot. Soldiers captured the driver and identified him as Vicente Perez-Briseno, a Venezuelan migrant present illegally in the United States.

The video shows the 28 migrants piled like firewood in the back of the van. The overloaded van makes the vehicle difficult to control or stop and creates a huge risk for migrants and other drivers on the roadway.

In October 2022, a smuggler ran over an overloaded van during a police chase. The crash resulted in the deaths of two migrants and injured 12 others, Breitbart Texas reported.

In August 2021, another smuggler ran over an overloaded van as he attempted to turn right. The driver was not being pursued at the time of the accident but simply could not control the overloaded van. The accident resulted in the death of at least ten migrants and left 20 injured.

The video above shows the 28 migrants being removed from the van. Border Patrol agents arrived and conducted immigration interviews leading to the identification of the migrants as citizens of Colombia, Honduras and Mexico.

Lt. Olivarez reported that the van was carrying 22 men, five women and a 14-year-old minor.

Perez-Briseno now faces state charges for human trafficking and trafficking in persons under 18. He could also face state charges for not giving in and attempting to flee on foot.

Bob Price is associate editor and main contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What are you getting at? Sunday morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX


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