A man who tried to elude a Pinal County sheriff's deputy on Dec. 20 near Picacho said he ran because he had already been deported to Mexico 10 previous times.
Alejandro Castillo-Padilla, 27, of Mexico, was captured by the deputy and his K-9 after a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 10 and subsequent foot chase, according to a PCSO spokesman.
The deputy spotted a 1997 Ford Expedition being driven recklessly and weaving in and out of traffic about 12:48 p.m. When he tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver initiated the chase, eventually leaving the interstate and running several stop signs on Sunshine Boulevard and reaching speeds in excess of 90 mph, the spokesman said.
He stopped and jumped from the vehicle, ran into the desert, jumped into an irrigation canal and tried to wade through the water, the deputy said.
Castillo-Padilla refused the officer's commands to stop and the PCSO K-9 was released, helping the deputy subdue the suspect, the spokesman said.
"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," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. "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."
The U.S. Border Patrol confirmed he was last deported on June 18, the spokesman said.
Padilla was booked into the Pinal County Jail for felony flight and reckless driving. An immigration hold was also placed on him. His vehicle and $498 cash were seized. The vehicle was registered to a fictitious person and address.
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