LAREDO MAN DROVE SUV INTO RIO GRANDE TO AVOID DRUG ARREST, POLICE SAY
Local authorities dealt with a splashdown Friday, and had to rescue one of the vehicle’s occupants from the Rio Grande.
Splashdowns occur when drug or human smugglers drive into the river in an attempt to elude capture.
“In addition to the actual splashdown itself, criminals that engage in splashdowns commit multiple offenses, such as drug trafficking, vehicle flight and reckless driving,” according to DPS. “Some of these criminals also use dangerous weapons as they flee from law enforcement and attempt to destroy evidence.”
Since 2009, the Texas Department of Public Safety has recorded over 100 drug cartel-related splashdowns.