WATCH: Texas Soldier Arrested for Smuggling Illegal Alien in Official Vehicle

WATCH: Texas Soldier Arrested for Smuggling Illegal Alien in Official Vehicle
Screenshot | Kinney County Sheriff via Ali Bradley

A member of the Texas military was arrested for smuggling an illegal alien in a government vehicle this week, according to reports.

The incident unfolded in the afternoon on Easter Sunday near Brackettville in Kinney County.

An SUV was approaching a new pop-up Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 674 when the driver suddenly turned around to avoid the inspection.

Authorities pursued the vehicle, eventually pulling it over with the help of spike strips after the driver reportedly ran multiple red lights.

At some point during the chase, a passenger bailed out on foot.

Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) troopers and Kinney County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies surrounded the SUV.

Footage of the bust was released to NewsNation correspondent Ali Bradley, who posted it on social media on Wednesday.

A KCSO deputy can be seen dragging the driver out of the vehicle and onto the grass where he was searched and handcuffed.

Authorities said the man initially told them he was “army,” and determined he was a member of the Texas State Guard after inspecting his identification and gear.

“The Texas Department of Public Safety can confirm it arrested Savion Johnson, 26, on March 31, 2024, in Brackettville, Texas, on charges of evading arrest, smuggling of persons and unlawful carry of a weapon,” TxDPS explained in a statement.

Johnson told authorities he was promised between $5,000 and $6,000 for completing the smuggling operation, but it is unclear who offered the cash.

Bradley said official sources confirmed Johnson is a member of the Texas State Guard.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office said if the allegations against Johnson are true, he is a “traitor and a criminal.”

“The accused’s illegal smuggling may subject him to a mandatory minimum prison sentence of at least 10 years. He deserves more.”

An investigation is ongoing.

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