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Illegal immigrant accused of killing three in Texas drunk driving crash

by Paul Goldberg

A illegal immigrant who was able to avoid deportation under Obama in 2016 despite a prior DUI arrest is accused of causing an accident that killed 3 members of a law enforcement motorcycle club in Texas.

Per the WashingtonTimes, an illegal immigrant whom the Obama administration declined to deport after a DUI arrest in 2016 is now accused of another DUI — and this time, authorities say, three people were killed.

Ivan Robles Navejas, 28, is accused of crossing the center stripe on the road on a highway near San Antonio on Saturday and smashing into riders from the Thin Blue Line motorcycle club. Three riders were killed and four others sent to the hospital in critical condition.

ICE says Mr. Navejas is in the country illegal and they’ve put an immigration detainer on him, meaning that if he’s released by local authorities, the feds want a crack at deporting him.

But the agency said it had Mr. Navejas in its sights back in 2016, after a previous drunken-driving arrest in Kerr County. Deportation officers came across him at the Kerr County Jail, but ICE says he “did not meet the agency’s enforcement priorities at that time.”

Fox6 reports twelve members of the Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club were injured — three of them fatally — in a head-on crash on a Texas highway involving a man authorities say was driving drunk when he crossed a divider.

The Kerr County Sheriff’s Office said the group was on a ride Saturday afternoon, July 18, celebrating the club’s birthday on Highway 16 just south of Kerrville when someone crossed over the center stripe and ran into them.

“There were three fatalities and nine members taken to the hospital in critical condition,” sheriff’s officials said. “The person that crossed the center stripe has been arrested for several counts of intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault.”

Local media quoted the sheriff’s office as saying the person who was arrested was Ivan Robles Navejas, 28, of Center Point, Texas.

The bikers killed were Joseph Paglia, of Chicago, Jerry Wayne Harbour, of Houstion and Michael White, of Chicago.

Paglia was president of the club’s Chicago chapter who was a retired Niles City police officer, Fox 29 San Antonio reported.

Harbour was a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel. White was also retired from the U.S. Army.

The club was holding a meeting in Bandera, Texas, for the Thin Blue Line Foundation, according to David Weed, a spokesman for the group.

“Several of our members had gone on a leisurely motorcycle ride to have lunch in Kerrville this morning before the meeting,” he said according to Fox 29.

Weed said those killed and injured were struck head-on.

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