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Suspected illegal immigrants arrested after chase in NW Montana

Euereka Border Crossing Station
Posted at 10:29 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 12:29:36-05

EUREKA — A chase that began near the Canadian border in Eureka over the weekend ended with arrests after a vehicle was stopped in Whitefish.

U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Eureka Border Patrol Station attempted to stop a vehicle suspected of transporting people who illegally crossed the border. Agents had been alerted to suspicious activity near the Canadian border in Eureka.

An agent saw a vehicle leaving the border area and three suspects in the vehicle that matched the descriptions of several who recently illegally crossed the border, according to a news release. The agent attempted to stop the suspect vehicle but the driver sped away.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Flathead County Sheriff’s Office were then given a description of the suspect vehicle, and deputies from both departments responded.

A chase eventually ended in Whitefish after the vehicle was stopped using stop sticks and the suspects were arrested without further incident, according to CPB.

The Spokane Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol is working with the US Attorney’s Office in Montana to pursue criminal charges and fines.

The names of the people arrested have not been released at this point.