ELOY — An attempt by a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy to stop a vehicle allegedly transporting immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally ended in a collision with a semi truck Wednesday night.
A deputy attempted to stop a vehicle around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 10 near Eloy, according to PCSO officials. One person in the fleeing vehicle, who was not identified, fled on foot with the deputy in pursuit.
The vehicle crashed into a semi truck that was parked in the emergency lane with a single person inside. The person inside the semi was not injured.
The driver of the fleeing vehicle, a U.S. citizen, and two passengers, who were identified as immigrants, were flown to an area hospital with severe injuries, according to PCSO. A fourth occupant in the crashed vehicle fled and has not been located.
No deputies were injured in the pursuit.
Criminal charges for unlawful flight, reckless driving and endangerment are pending against the driver, according to PCSO.