A caller informed the Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office at 6:37 p.m. that he saw about 12 men jump a fence and get into a white-over-black Ford F-250 off U.S. Highway 44. The pickup had a brush guard and a gas tank in the back.
The caller said he had followed the truck on Farm-to-Market Road 889 and the truck had turned on U.S. Highway 281 headed toward Three Rivers.
Sheriff’s deputy Eric Mendoza, Three Rivers police officers Emanual Ambrose and Noah Lueschner, as well as Department of Public Safety Trooper Lyle Cram were notified by dispatchers.
Leuschner spotted the vehicle on County Road 202 headed toward School Road, and then it turned on County Road 203.
The fleeing vehicle headed for the brush, Mendoza said.
Law enforcement officers followed the vehicle’s trail on foot.
Sheriff Larry Busby said most of the time vehicles fleeing across brush end up stopped because of barbed wire and/or the brush.
But Mendoza said the vehicle followed fence lines, broke through about five fences and gates and followed utility rights of way.
The following on foot ceased about 9:06 p.m., and officers returned to their vehicles.
Meanwhile, the border patrol searched County Road 232 for where the vehicle came out of the brush.
The border patrol discovered where the vehicle came out about two to three miles south of County Road 232, where a broken gate and lock were found. That spot came to the I-37 access road.
A search of the area was conducted to see if any of the suspected undocumented immigrants were dropped off, but no one was found.
The search was finally called off about 10:11 p.m.