Contributed by Michelle St. Pierre
A man in Milford, Connecticut has been handed over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) and will be deported after a hit-and-run crash on Sunday that involved the deputy police chief.
Antonio Barbosa, 48, was charged with operating without a license, a marked lanes violation, and leaving the scene of an accident before being handed over to ICE agents. Because of his detainment with ICE, Barbosa never made it to his Milford District Court arraignment Monday. He was held without bail until an ICE agent picked him up, according to police.
Barbosa, who holds a Brazilian passport, was detained, according to an ICE agent, because he was wanted “as a fugitive alien for removal out of the U.S.”
Shawn Neudauer, Public Affairs Officer for ICE, said in an email that Barbosa “was an ICE fugitive at the time of his arrest based on an outstanding final order of removal issued by an immigration court in 2006. He will remain in ICE custody pending removal from the United States.”
According to a police affidavit, Barbosa reportedly hit a police cruiser that was being driven by Deputy Police Chief Jim Heron, and then ran from the scene. Heron called over the radio that his cruiser was hit by the Barbosa’s vehicle, a 2004 Honda Accord, at 3:34 p.m. After Barbosa fled, Heron followed while informing officers over the radio of his location.
Once officers arrived, Barbosa was questioned and found he only had a passport and admitted that he didn’t have a driver’s license. After being charged formally charged, it was then that police discovered “a hit” on Barbosa’s passport in a national criminal database which lead to Barbosa being handed over the ICE for deportation.
H/T: Milford Daily News
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