DPS detains several after traffic stop on Loop 202

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CHANDLER -- Department of Public Safety officers rounded up several people who bailed out of a vehicle that was stopped on the Loop 202 Santan Freeway near Kyrene Road Thursday morning.

ICE called in

A DPS officer stopped a '98 Ford Explorer for various moving violations on the eastbound San Tan 202 near Kyrene Road about 6:30 a.m.

According to DPS, six or seven people, including the driver, jumped out of the vehicle and ran off into the desert area off the freeway.

As the officer approached the vehicle and spoke to the remaining three, they fled out the left side of the SUV into traffic.

One vehicle spun out into the median but did not sustain any damage.

Officers took seven people into custody.

None of the men captured were willing to identify the driver or "coyote," who is believeed to be outstanding.

The men interviewed said they had spent four days in the desert and were picked up in Sonoyta, Mexico, Thursday at about 4 a.m.

The seven suspected undocumented immigrants were turned over to agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).