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Updated Dec 27, 2013 - 1:20 pm

Man detained in Pinal County admits to being deported 10 prior times


Alejandro Castillo-Padilla (Photo courtesy of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX -- A man who was detained last week by a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy has admitted to being deported from the U.S. 10 times before.

A Pinal County Sheriff's Office statement said Alejandro Castillo-Padilla was originally pursued just after noon on Friday, Dec. 20, on Interstate 10 because he was driving recklessly, including speeding and weaving out of traffic.

The deputy tried to stop Castillo-Padilla's vehicle heading east, but the driver failed to yield and eventually led the officer to Sunshine Boulevard and headed south.

Police said Castillo-Padilla, 27, ran several stop signs and traveled as fast as 90 mph. He eventually stopped at Wheeler and Baumgartner roads and fled on foot toward a canal.

The suspect reportedly jumped in the 2-foot deep water, and the deputy had to send his K-9 after him after the he refused to stop running away.

Castillo-Padilla was booked into Pinal County Jail for felony flight and reckless driving. An immigration hold was also placed on him. The 1997 Ford Expedition he was driving was seized along with $498 in cash. The vehicle was registered to a fictitious person and address.

"Padilla told the deputy he ran because he has been deported 10 prior times back to Mexico from the United States," Sheriff Paul Babeu said in the statement. "The last time he was caught, he spent 15 months in a federal prison and he was worried he was going to get sent back. He told the deputy he is currently on probation as a result of being deported so many times. He said that he walked across the border again two weeks ago."

U.S. Border Patrol confirmed with PCSO that Castillo-Padilla had last been deported to Mexico on June 18, 2013, after spending 15 months in prison.

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