AUBURN, Mass. - A man who police said admitted to them that he entered the United States illegally was driving at three times the legal limit when he crashed his vehicle into another, injuring a family of four.
Auburn police said they were called to the area of Route 20 and Mill Street just before 5 p.m. Thursday to investigate a crash with injuries.
Investigators said a 2006 Chevrolet, which was being driven by Jose Acevedo, 43, slammed into the back of a 2015 Subaru Outback causing injuries to two adults, including a mother who broke a vertebra, and two children ages 3 and 7 years old.
Police said Acevedo exhibited signs of intoxication at the scene and was arrested. When he was taken back to the Auburn police Department, police said he registered a .26 Blood Alcohol Level, which is three times the legal limit.
Auburn police later learned that hours earlier, Acevedo had been arrested on a warrant in Worcester for allegedly operating a car without a license.
Acevedo later admitted to officers that he was in the United States illegally, coming here through Mexico through El Salvador, and to not having a driver’s license. Investigators said he's been living in the U.S. illegally for 17 years.
He was charged with OUI while causing serious bodily injury.
ICE released a statement Friday afternoon about Acevedo.
“On June 9, deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Boston attempted to interview Jose Acevedo following his local arrest. ICE officers were unable to gain access to the individual because a court supervisor would not allow ICE officers to speak to Mr. Acevedo until the local court appointed an attorney to him in his state criminal proceedings. While Mr. Acevedo has allegedly admitted to local law enforcement that he is in the U.S. unlawfully, ICE cannot verify the accuracy of his alleged statements until our officers interview him and compare his biographical data against federal immigration records," said Shawn Neudauer, ICE spokesman for New England.
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