Illegal aliens in custody after fleeing cops on Ohio Turnpike

Ohio Turnpike

Five illegal immigrants were captured after an intense search took place on the Ohio Turnpike Friday morning.

After doing a routine cruise on the Ohio turnpike at approximately 9:55 am, the U.S. Border Patrol noticed a suspicious acting vehicle. Agents attempted to perform a vehicle stop near the Vermillion Valley Service Plaza, however, as the mini-van was pulling over, three passengers in the back seat bailed out and ran south into a heavily wooded area behind the plaza. Once the vehicle came to a complete stop, the driver and front passenger also bailed out of the van and began following the other three subjects in an attempt to escape Border Patrol agents.

Agents immediately contacted the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Great Lakes Air Branch and an AS-350 ASTAR Light Enforcement Helicopter was dispatched to the scene. Additionally, Border Patrol agents requested assistance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lorain County Sheriff TMs Department, and Amherst Police Department in locating the fleeing subjects.

After an eventful Saturday morning, Amherst Police Officers, Ohio State Troopers and Lorain County Sheriff TMs were able to round up all five men. The men were then turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol TMs Sandusky Bay Station.

Corey Bammer, Patrol Agent in Charge of the Sandusky Bay Station stated, This is a perfect example of how successful partnerships in law enforcement benefit not only those wearing the uniform but also our communities and our citizens. I want to thank the Amherst Police Department, Lorain County Sheriff TMs Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the CBP Great Lakes Air Branch for their tremendous effort and assistance in finding and apprehending these five subjects.

Background checks on the individuals revealed the five subjects; two Honduran males, two Guatemalan males, and one Mexican male were all illegally present in the United States. The driver, identified as Melvin Hernandez, of Mexico, also faces felony charges of transporting illegal aliens. The Toyota Sienna mini-van was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

-Erica Portillo

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