Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Two men face deportation, other charges after chase (Providence Journal)

Two men face deportation, other charges after chase

01:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

By Thomas J. Morgan
Journal Staff Writer

PAWTUCKET — State troopers who noticed a car weaving on Route 95 on Monday wound up chasing the vehicle and arresting its two Guatemalan occupants, one of whom was under a deportation order and the other an illegal immigrant.

The troopers said they spotted the car’s erratic behavior as it approached them around 2 a.m., and pulled to the right to let it pass. It continued to swerve from lane to lane, they said, and when they attempted to halt the car it sped up and the passenger began throwing beer bottles out the window.

The car finally entered a dead-end street near the Massachusetts line. The driver fled and was caught after a brief chase.

The driver, Pascual Cipriano-Tzoc, 27, of 20 Kinfield Ave., Providence, was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, eluding the police, driving without a license, obstruction of justice, identity fraud, resisting arrest, refusing to take a chemical breath test for alcohol, and various motor vehicle infractions.

The police said he had a fraudulent international driver’s license.

When the troopers checked with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, they learned that a deportation order had been entered for him. He was turned over to immigration officials after arraignment in District Court.

The passenger, Regino Dominguez, 32, of 2022 Hartford Ave., Providence, was charged with resisting arrest. A check with immigration showed he was in this country illegally, the police said. He was ordered held at the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls pending deportation proceedings.

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