A driver suspected of DUI and causing a crash that resulted in traumatic brain injuries for a Southern California boy was deported to Mexico 15 times in the past, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Constantino Banda-Acosta was arrested Saturday night for the suspected DUI crash in San Ysidro. A passenger who was with him was also arrested.
Benjamin Lake, his wife Ingrid and their 6-year-old son Lennox were on their way home from Disneyland, and Lake says Banda drove his truck through a stop sign and hit their car.
Lennox is currently at Rady Children’s Hospital with severe injuries, including brain trauma.
ICE Public Affairs Officer Lauren Mack released a statement Tuesday about Banda-Acosta:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has lodged a detainer against Mr. Banda seeking to take him into custody if and when he is released by local authorities to pursue additional immigration enforcement action and/or criminal prosecution. Department of Homeland Security databases indicate Mr. Banda-Acosta has been repatriated to Mexico at least 15 times since 2002, most recently in January 2017.
Banda's estranged wife, who did not want to give her identity, said he was deported on January 10 and showed up at their home in Chula Vista on January 20.
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Banda has a criminal record that includes two arrests on domestic violence charges in Chula Vista, CA. His most recent arrest was on January 9, 2017.
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