- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official won’t say if 9 Hispanic individuals whose vehicle was allegedly hit by an intoxicated driver on a southwestern Pennsylvania highway were in the country legally, only that they’ve been set free.

Spokesman Khaalid Walls says the 9 “did not fall under the agency’s current enforcement priorities” which includes “those with criminal convictions, recent border crossers and … those who illegally re-enter the country after deportation.”

Troopers from the Washington, Pennsylvania barracks say the crash happened about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday. That’s when a woman they expect to charge with driving under the influence of drugs smashed into the Chevrolet Tahoe containing the nine immigrants on Interstate 70 in South Strabane Township.

Police say the people in the Tahoe ran from the scene, but were located and turned over to ICE officials.

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