Teenager faces felony charges in human smuggling case

PALMVIEW, TEXAS (KRGV) -- A 15-year-old is charged with 15 felonies.

He led police on a high-speed chase from Palmview to Donna earlier this week.

That teen faced a judge earlier today. The judge sent him to juvenile detention while prosecutors build a case against him.

He is now charged with 15 counts of human smuggling, plus another felony count for evading arrest with a vehicle.

Police tried to stop the truck full of people in Palmview Wednesday morning.

The 15-year-old led them on a high-speed chase. Speeds topped eighty miles-an-hour at some points.

The chase finally ended in Donna, when the driver and his human cargo jumped out near Val Verde Rd. and Business 83.

Police later pulled the teen out of a canal.

He will remain in juvenile detention for at least ten days.

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