SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Federal authorities have charged an Alabama man with assaulting three Border Patrol agents with his car in South Texas as he fled a traffic stop.
The Justice Department statement Thursday says 38-year-old David Steiner of Vinegar Bend, Ala., is in federal custody charged with three assault counts and one of possessing a stolen firearm.
The statement says Steiner forced a Border Patrol vehicle off the road May 25 so he could continue his escape. The agents pursued him until Steiner crashed into an oncoming vehicle, killing two people and injuring the driver.
Authorities found a stolen rifle inside Steiner's car. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison for each assault charge and 10 years on the weapons count. A message left with the public defender wasn't returned.