Victoria, Refugio county sheriffs team up to pursue human smugglers

VICTORIA, Texas – Seven undocumented people were detained following a vehicle chase on U.S. Highway 77 heading toward Victoria Monday afternoon.

The Victoria County Sheriff’s Office said they were notified by the Refugio County Sheriff’s Office of a vehicle chase. 

It was later determined that up to three vehicles were possibly involved.

Authorities stopped the first car on U.S. Highway 77 South and said two people were detained. 

One person ran into the brush. 

A second car was stopped on the highway in Refugio and five undocumented people were detained.

The driver of the second car was arrested. 

Authorities said the driver is a U.S. citizen and was charged with evading arrest in a vehicle and human trafficking.