SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A driver suspected of driving drunk and causing a crash that caused a South Bay boy to have head injuries 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 at Dairy Mart Road and Camino de la Plaza 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.
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-Acosta'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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10News learned Banda has a criminal record that includes two arrests on domestic violence charges in Chula Vista. His most recent arrest was on January 9, 2017.
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