“If (the driver) survives he’s facing several serious felony charges,” Salazar said.“At this point we don’t know if it’ll be handled as attempted capital murder or aggravated assault on a public servant, but certainly facing a litany of charges.” Salazar said the female passenger is not expected to face any charges and that investigators will interview her to determine what led up to the pursuit.Despite the overall dip in apprehensions, Department of Homeland Security officials said the constant stream of illegal crossers shows why a barrier is still needed on the southwestern border.In October, the Trump administration announced that Customs and Border Protection had completed construction of eight border wall prototypes.One of the deputies deployed his stun gun at some point during the confrontation, but Salazar said the stun gun didn’t hit the suspect.The deputy then drew his weapon and shot into the car, striking the driver several times.Deputies said the driver managed to speed away despite his injuries.The second deputy caught up to the driver a short distance away and began pursuing the car.
Salazar said the suspect may have been armed, but that they have not completed a search of the vehicle.
Sheriff Javier Salazar said that the driver struck a patrol vehicle and a deputy, but that the deputy suffered minor injuries.
The patrol car, however, was inoperable after the crash.
The federal government’s fiscal year runs from October to September, and the 2017 numbers include the last three full months of the Obama administration. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello said that “loopholes” in current law continue to lure unaccompanied minors and family units to the United States.
Of the 310,531 apprehensions nationwide, about 304,000 occurred on the nation’s southwestern border. Since at least 2013, the majority of the those immigrants have come from Central America, a trend that continued in 2017.