Man loses ear as he flees police

January 28, 2008 3:09:36 AM PST
A man driving a car full of suspected illegal immigrants lost his ear as he tried to flee from police. The 22-year-old Mexican national had turned into a brushy field from a farm-to-market road when he tried to open the door and jump from the car.

La Joya police spokesman Joe Cantu says the car door bounced against a tree and slammed shut on the man's head, cleanly severing his ear.

Police and Border Patrol agents found four of the six passengers who fled the car after it came to a stop.

Authorities also discovered four people in the car's trunk who were thought to be illegal immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras.

The driver was taken to a McAllen hospital for treatment.

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