Texas smuggler leads DPS officers on high-speed chase, immigrants bail from vehicle in dramatic video

The driver admitted to being paid $900 to pick up the group of illegal immigrants and transport them to San Antonio, Texas DPS said.

A Texas Department of Public Safety officer attempted to pull over a vehicle late last month and was led on a high-speed chase before the vehicle came to a stop and several illegal immigrants fled the vehicle, video shows. 

The video, released Monday by Texas DPS, shows an officer approaching a Ford pickup truck on FM 481 in Maverick County on Nov. 30, 2022. After only a few steps, the truck flees the officer who jumps back in his car and pursues the vehicle. 

A Ford pickup truck on FM 481 in Maverick County.

A Ford pickup truck on FM 481 in Maverick County. (Texas DPS)

A high-speed chase ensued as the Ford barreled down the highway, weaving around another vehicle and blowing a stop sign before eventually coming to a stop. 

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Nine illegal immigrants can be seen dashing out of the truck and running towards the surrounding brush while the officer commands the driver to come out of the vehicle and throw up her hands. 

One of the illegal immigrants apprehended in the bailout. 

One of the illegal immigrants apprehended in the bailout.  (Texas DPS)

The driver, Adelina Claudio, of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested and charged with human smuggling, Texas DPS said. 

Claudio later admitted to the trooper that she was paid $900 to pick up the group of illegal immigrants and transport them to San Antonio. She faces felony charges of human smuggling and evading arrest. 

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The Texas DPS trooper later located one of the illegal immigrants who was hiding under a tree. They were referred to U.S. Border Patrol.