Oblin Jeremias Redondo-Lopez, 18, of Honduras, was arrested September 20, 2022, and charged by criminal complaint with High-Speed Flight from an Immigration Checkpoint and Illegal Entry into the United States. Redondo-Lopez had his initial appearance yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge Eric J. Markovich.
On Tuesday, a gold 2002 Buick Rendezvous drove through the United States Border Patrol checkpoint on West Arivaca Road near Amado, Arizona. The vehicle did not slow down or stop as required by the speed bumps, signage, and Arizona Department of Transportation regulations. Instead, the vehicle fled the checkpoint with agents in pursuit. The driver continued onto Interstate 10 traveling at an estimated 110 miles per hour in a 75 mile per hour zone when he was finally stopped by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak. The driver was identified as Oblin Jeremias Redondo-Lopez.
A conviction for High-Speed Flight from an Immigration Checkpoint carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
A criminal complaint is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Customs and Border Protection’s U.S. Border Patrol conducted the investigation in this case. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Tucson, is handling the prosecution.