Adrian Vargas-Ladinos Who Crashed Truck Carrying Undocumented Immigrants After Police Chase Charged With Transportation of Illegal Aliens
(STL.News) An Austin man who crashed a truck full of undocumented immigrants following a high-speed police chase has been federally charged, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah.
Adrian Vargas-Ladinos, 20, was arrested on May 15, charged via criminal complaint with transportation of illegal aliens. He will make his appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge John R. Parker on May 18.
According to the complaint, a police officer stopped Mr. Vargas-Ladinos for speeding in Sutton County, Texas on May 15. During the stop, the officer called for backup, at which point Mr. Vargas-Ladinos allegedly sped away, leading police on a chase that lasted almost eight minutes.
He crossed several medians before crashing the truck, causing it to roll over with passengers still in both the cab and bed.
Ten of the passengers – including one woman who was rushed to the ICU with head injuries and two men who were hospitalized with serious injures – were identified as citizens of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador in the United States unlawfully. The hospitalized passengers were treated and have been stabilized.