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PSCO deputy, K-9 partner capture repeat offender
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- A man who admitted to deputies that he had been deported not once, not twice, but 10 times, was arrested in Pinal County once again.
It happened last Friday afternoon.
A K-9 deputy with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office spotted a 1997 Ford Expedition speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on eastbound Interstate 10 just east of where it connects with Interstate 8 near Casa Grande.
The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver, now identified as Alejandro Castillo-Padilla, made a run for it.
The deputy pursued the Expedition as it continued east for about eight miles. At that point, Castillo-Padilla got off the freeway and turned south on Sunshine Boulevard outside Eloy
"The driver ran several stop signs and was traveling at speeds near 90 mph," PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney wrote in a news release.
Castillo-Padilla, 27, finally stopped at Wheeler and Baumgartner roads, abandoning the Expedition to try to get away on foot.
Despite verbal commands from the deputy, Castillo-Padilla refused to stop, jumping into a canal and wading through water up to his knees.
After a warning, the deputy released Ares, his K-9 partner. The dog stopped Castillo-Padilla so the deputy could take him into custody.
Ares, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois that has been with PCSO since early 2010, is a dual-purpose K-9. That means he is used for narcotics detection in addition to regular patrol functions like suspect apprehension.
It was only after Castillo-Padilla was in custody that the deputy learned about his history.
"Padilla told the deputy he ran because he has been deported 10 prior times back to Mexico from the United States," Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "…[H]e 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 he was last deported on June 18, 2013, after that 15-month stint in prison.
Castillo-Padilla did not say why he keeps coming back to the U.S.
"Padilla was booked into the Pinal County Jail for Felony Flight and Reckless Driving," Gaffney said. "An immigration hold was also placed on him."
In addition, PCSO seized the Expedition, which was registered to a fictitious person and address, and nearly $500 cash.