This is the moment a mass of people leap out of a 15-year-old human trafficker’s car and dash in all directions as police give chase.
The incident with the baby driver from Mexico happened following a high-speed chase in the city of Mission in Texas, with a total of seven fully grown men jumping out of the car and dashing off when it finally came to a stop.
The dramatic video, obtained by Newslfash, shows the police chasing the teenager who refuses to stop, and the baby driver eventually heads off down a dirt track just a mile from the U.S.-Mexico border.
Realising, however, that the game is up, he slams on the brakes and the seven migrants dash off into the woods.
Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement also obtained by Newslfash on Wednesday, 15th February: “Seven illegal immigrants were referred to Border Patrol after a high-speed pursuit in Hidalgo County. The pursuit took place on US-83.
“The driver, a 15-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico, went through a dirt road before bailing out.
“They were eventually arrested and charged with human smuggling and evading arrest.
Despite the high-speed pursuit and then running for it, all seven of the migrants were later arrested after being chased on foot.
The teenage driver was also arrested and charged with smuggling and was placed in juvenile detention.
The use of a minor driver is part of a growing strategy by criminal gangs to use children because the punishments are not so harsh when arrested, according to local media.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Christopher Olivarez said many of the children are recruited via social media.
He added: “We continue to see an uptick involving juvenile smugglers who are recruited by transnational criminal organizations. In some cases, we encounter juvenile smugglers who are illegal immigrants.
“They are used to cross into the U.S. for the sole purpose of smuggling both people and drugs.”