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Caught on Camera: Human-smuggling attempt

Video courtesy Yuma Sector Border Patrol

Footage follows people from U.S.-Mexico border to the field where their car crashed

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The U.S. Border Patrol captured two suspected smugglers on camera as they attempted to illegally transport a group from the border.

Yuma Sector agents say it happened Tuesday when camera operators spotted two men and a four-year-old boy illegally cross the border near County 14. Released footage shows the exact moment they sprinted to a "getaway vehicle" waiting on a canal bridge.

The driver, who agents later found out is a convicted felon, headed east on County 14 at dangerous speeds, risking the lives of his passengers and the general public.

Border Patrol followed the silver sedan south over farm roads, where the driver eventually lost control of the card and swerved into an agricultural field.

According to Chief Chris T. Clem, a U.S. Air and Marine helicopter kept an eye on the subjects until ground agents arrived.

Agents confirm they arrested three undocumented immigrants, the U.S. Citizen driver and a U.S. Citizen passenger. Border Patrol reports they also found a firearm when searching the vehicle.

Chief Clem adds that the Yuma Sector will be presenting the case to the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Arizona for prosecution for "alien smuggling, felon in possession of a firearm and child endangerment."

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