A court supervisor has denied ICE agents access to a man who was drunk when he crashed into a vehicle carrying a family of four Thursday and then admitted to being in the country illegally.
ICE has been unable to determine the status of Jose Acevedo, 43, who rear-ended the car of the Gould family in Massachusetts when he was driving under the influence. Following the accident, Acevedo reportedly admitted to entering into the country illegally.
According to a spokesman for ICE, agents tried to interview Acevedo on June 9, but were denied access.
“ICE officers were unable to gain access to the individual because a court supervisor would not allow ICE officers to speak to Mr. Acevedo until the local court appointed an attorney to him in his state criminal proceedings,” said ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer.
“While Mr. Acevedo has allegedly admitted to local law enforcement that he is in the U.S. unlawfully, ICE cannot verify the accuracy of his alleged statements until our officers interview him and compare his biographical data against federal immigration records,” Neudauer said.
After slamming into the back of the Gould’s car, Acevedo was subjected to a breathalyzer test which registered a .26 blood-alcohol level. Earlier the same day, Acevedo was arrested for driving without a license.
“He hit me so hard my earring flew out of my ear, my pierced ears,” Carly Gould told MassLive. She sustained a fracture to her T1 vertebra, and her husband suffered whiplash. Their daughters—3 and 7 years old—were treated at a hospital and released.
When asked about Acevedo’s immigration status, Gould said, “It’s obviously a factor now, but that’s not our concern. Our concern is he has chosen not to follow the laws. He has shown it multiple times.”
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