Posted: Monday, October 5, 2020. 10:41 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Police authorities continue to trace a Belizean driver who fled the law after his attempt to transport two Guatemalan border jumpers through the Santa Cruz illegal border crossing was thwarted in a traffic mishap.
A Police patrol team on the San Antonio Road around 9:45 p.m. Saturday had their attention drawn to a blue Isuzu Trooper heading west toward Santa Cruz village, Orange Walk District.
Police tried to get his attention by putting on their revolving lights and attempting to cut him off, but he accelerated and made it to the San Antonio Bridge, the notorious one-lane crossing riding low over the New River which has a railing missing.
However, the Trooper lost control at the curve coming toward the bridge, crashed into the guardrails on the shoulder of the road, and overturned multiple times.
Police ran to render aid, but the driver of the vehicle scrambled out and escaped into the nearby bushes.
His passengers were rescued and detained; they were identified as a 30-year-old Guatemalan man, Alvaro Alfredo Lara, and a 32-year-old Guatemalan woman, Vilma Bautista Chony. Neither had official stamps on their documentation to indicate that had entered Belize legally, and Police believe they were trying to get to Mexico in a human smuggling operation.
The pair is detained in quarantine and has been swabbed for COVID-19. So far, they have not been cooperating with police.
The Trooper has Belizean registration and police are currently tracing this.
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