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Suspect Involved in Pursuit Admits to Being Deported Ten Prior Times
 
Posted: 12/27/2013 12:00 AM
 
On Friday, December 20th, 2013 at 12:48 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy observed a 1997 Ford Expedition driving recklessly eastbound on Interstate-10 near milepost 200. The vehicle was speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and following other vehicles too closely. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver failed to yield to his emergency lights and siren. A pursuit was initiated and continued eastbound until the vehicle reached Sunshine Boulevard and turned southbound. The driver ran several stop signs and was traveling at speeds near 90 mph. The vehicle eventually stopped at Wheeler Road and Baumgartner Road.

The driver of the vehicle exited and ran into the desert towards the canal. Once the driver reached the canal, he jumped in and began to wade through the two foot deep water.

The K-9 handler who was chasing him gave him several verbal commands to stop but he refused. The K-9 handler told the suspect he was going to release his dog if he didn’t stop but he still refused. PCSO K-9 “Ares” was released and was able to help the deputy take the suspect into custody.

The suspect was identified as Alejandro Castillo-Padilla (age 27 of Mexico).

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Padilla told the deputy he ran because he has been deported ten prior times back to Mexico from the United States. The last time he was caught, he spent 15 months in a federal prison and he was worried he was going to get sent back. He told the deputy he is currently on probation as a result of being deported so many times. He said that he walked across the border again two weeks ago.”

U.S. Border Patrol confirmed he was last deported on June 18th, 2013.

Padilla was booked into the Pinal County Jail for Felony Flight and Reckless Driving. An immigration hold was also placed on him. His vehicle was seized along with his $498 cash. The vehicle was registered to a fictitious person and address.
Public Information Officer

Tim Gaffney
520.705.8124
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



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