Driver and 3 Immigrants Arrested Trying to Cross in Fake Emergency Vehicle

FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) -
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The SUV falsely decked out as an emergency response vehicle. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

Officers have caught a driver and three immigrants who fled through a South Texas border checkpoint in an SUV falsely decked out as an emergency response vehicle.

Border Patrol Agent Carlos Ruiz said Wednesday that investigators believe it’s a fake fire/emergency medical services vehicle and the driver pretended to be an off-duty employee.

A Border Patrol statement says the white SUV on Tuesday pulled into the Falfurrias  checkpoint. The vehicle had numerous markings including “Fire-EMS,” ”Call 911″ and “Supervisor.”

The vehicle markings did not list any city or county.

Agents were inspecting the SUV when the driver sped off. Agents chased the vehicle, detaining three immigrants from Brazil and the U.S. driver.

The case will be referred for prosecution.

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(U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)