Photo: LATINO BLOTTER: Man Deported 3 Times, Returns, Drives Drunk
Despite being deported three times a man managed to get back into the U.S. and cause more trouble, this time driving drunk and injuring another driver.
Since 2007, Alejandro Ramirez-Castaneda has faced charges in North Carolina’s Wake County five times.
Ramirez-Castaneda reportedly drove drunk on January 20 and hit another vehicle head-on. After the accident, Ramirez-Castaneda ran from the scene. Police were able to find however, and charged him with driving while impaired, resisting a public officer, felony serious injury by vehicle, and felony hit and run.
The man Ramirez-Castaneda hit, 46-year-old Joseph Paul Johnson, suffered a broken hip, internal bleeding, and lung damage. He remains the hospital.
Despite the previous charges against him, Ramirez-Castaneda was not prosecuted for any of them and was instead sent back to Mexico.
Ramirez-Castaneda’s previous charges by year:
2007 – DWI, carrying a concealed weapon, failure to appear in court, driving without a license
2008 – DWI, assault
2009 – attempting to enter the U.S. illegally
2011 – driving while impaired, resisting a public officer, hit and run, giving false information
Wake County District Attorney Colin Willoughby told News Observer, ‘If he had been charged with a sexual assault, armed robbery or even breaking into a house, then we may have tried to convict him before he got deported. But for minor offenses and misdemeanors, we probably agreed to let immigration take precedence rather than let him stay in jail a month or two or be out walking the street.’
He now faces the charges from the car accident as well as felony re-entry.