On Saturday night two Guatemalan nationals were detained by police after a high-speed chase went south in the Orange Walk District. A police border jumper patrol team on the San Antonio Road saw a suspicious vehicle and pursued it. The driver of the vehicle lost control after trying to escape from the police and later escaped leaving two Guatemalans behind. Senior Superintendent, Joseph Myvette explained the pursuit in detail.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “Officers were on patrol on the San Antonio Road in the Orange Walk district where they observed a blue Isuzu Trooper heading in the direction of Santa Cruz Village. As a result officers motioned the vehicle to stop by putting on revolving lights and trying to move ahead of the vehicle but instead the driver sped off towards Santa Cruz Village and somewhere just before reaching the bridge he lost control and the vehicle overturned several times. With officers in pursuit the first person obviously to be out the vehicle was the driver who then made good his escape into the nearby bushes. Officers then attempted to rescue the other two persons who were onboard the vehicle and their identities were learnt to to be Alvaro Alfredo Lara 30 years Guatemalan national and Vilma Bautista Chony 32 years Guatemalan national. They had no documentation stamp in their documents to indicate they had legally entered Belize so they were taken into custody where they were swabbed and later placed in quarantine pending the outcome or the results of that swabbing.”
Following the fourteen days quarantine, charges will be levied against the two Guatemalans and police are still looking for the driver of the vehicle.