Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 10:15 a.m.
Nine suspected illegal immigrants are in custody after allegedly fleeing from Border Patrol agents in Lubbock.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported that a Border Patrol agent stopped their van in the 7000 block of Avenue P at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Officials told the newspaper that the van initially stopped, but then took off leading agents on a car chase and then footchase.
The Avalanche-Journal reported that two of the suspects were from Nicaragua, two were from Guatemala, one was from Honduras, one was from El Salvador and three were from Mexico.
Authorities told the newspaper that all nine were all living illegally in Jacksonville, Fla., and had driven to Lubbock to work in the construction business.
Most of the group likely will be taken to an immigration detention center to await deportation to their home countries.