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ANGELA DODGE

June 8, 2011

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ROMA WOMAN INVOLVED IN COLLISION WITH SULLIVAN CITY POLICE WHILE EVADING ARREST FOR TRANSPORTING ILLEGALS CONVICTED

(McALLEN, Texas) –  A Roma, Texas, woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport illegal aliens and has agreed to pay more than $5,000 in restitution for medical expenses incurred by two Sullivan City police officers injured during her attempt to flee from apprehension, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

Elvia Elvira Uriegas, 27, of Roma, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez to conspiring to transport illegal aliens on April 2, 2011, from Roma to Sullivan City, Texas. Uriegas was arrested near Sullivan City on April 2, 2011. According to allegations in a federal criminal complaint filed following her arrest, Uriegas was driving a Dodge Durango carrying six undocumented aliens as passengers on April 2. When the Sullivan City Police tried to initiate a traffic stop, she fled, prompting police to pursue her. Driving erratically onto some dirt roads and nearly causing the Durango to flip over, Uriegas eventually slammed on her brakes, causing a collision with a police vehicle. Uriegas and two passengers fled on foot, but were apprehended with the help of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter pilot. Two police officers and three of the undocumented aliens were taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

During today’s re-arraignment hearing, Uriegas admitted she had been hired to transport the illegal aliens. Additionally, Uriegas agreed to pay restitution to the two Sullivan City Police Officers in the amount of $5,917 for medical expenses they incurred as a result of the vehicle collision that occurred when the officers were trying to arrest Uriegas, as well as an as yet undetermined amount to the Sullivan City Police Department for damages to the police vehicle involved in the collision.

Uriegas has been in federal custody without bond since her April 2011 arrest and will remain in custody pending sentencing. Judge Alvarez has set sentencing for Aug. 15, 2011. By statute, Uriegas faces a maximum prison term of 10 years without parole and a maximum fine of $250,000.

The charges against Uriegas are the result of the investigative efforts of the U.S. Border Patrol and the Sullivan City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Sully is prosecuting the case.      

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