KINGMAN - Seven reported illegal immigrants were arrested after fleeing from a traffic stop in Golden Valley over the weekend.
Mohave County Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said the males ran into the desert after deputies tried to pull their vehicle over for speeding around 10 p.m. Friday.
The deputies were southbound on Aztec Road near Unkar Drive when they saw a vehicle speeding toward them. The vehicle was clocked at 62 miles an hour while traveling in a 45 mph zone.
Carter said deputies followed the vehicle as it drove off-road into the desert. After the vehicle stopped, multiple men ran off in different directions. Deputies caught one man before he fought them off and got away.
A perimeter was established by law enforcement, and the Department of Public Safety Air Ranger responded to search for the suspects by air.
The men were located nearly nine hours later around 7:20 a.m. in the area of Highway 68 and Marana Road. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents responded and determined all seven men to be in the country illegally.
They were identified as Juan Pablo Galeas, 36, Mario Rolando Ixquereux, 32, Juan Rosario Tziquin, 18, Fredy Enrique Melendrez-Sandoval, 33, Carlos Gomez, 30, Jose Luis Mendosa, 24, and Juan Carlos Silan-Sun, 20.
The men were transported to the Mohave County Jail before they were turned over to immigration officials.