DPS: Human smuggler driving stolen truck hits school busPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- The suspect involved in a hit-and-run with a school bus Thursday afternoon is a well-known human smuggler, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Jonathan Carillo-Rubio, 20, was driving a stolen pickup truck westbound on Interstate 10 at the stack when he collided with a school bus shortly after 3 p.m.
DPS said there were 28 elementary-school children onboard the bus.
After the collision, Carillo-Rubio tried to drive away, but the vehicle became disabled at the 35th Avenue off-ramp due to damage from the crash.
A DPS motorcycle officer drove up to the disabled vehicle and Carillo-Rubio fled on foot. He was apprehended a short time later with the assistance of Phoenix police.
According to DPS, Carillo-Rubio claimed to be a juvenile and gave a false date of birth.
Authorities discovered Carillo-Rubio was an illegal immigrant and had illegally entered the United States a number of times, most often working as a human smuggler or foot guide. Tucson Border Patrol officials had reportedly been looking for him.
Carillo-Rubio is facing charges of felony hit and run, three counts of aggravated assault and 27 counts of endangerment.
Two children on the school bus were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.