SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The DUI suspect in a San Ysidro crash, who was found to have been deported at least a dozen times in the past, has had similar run-ins in the past with law enforcement.
Constantino Banda-Acosta, 38, was arrested Saturday following a San Ysidro wreck that left a Chula Vista boy hospitalized with severe injuries. He was charged with DUI resulting in bodily injury, hit and run with an injury, and driving without a license.
Soon after his arrest, it was discovered that Banda-Acosta was also in the United States illegally and had been deported 15 times already.
Court records show Banda-Acosta has been arrested three times for a suspended license and for driving under the influence in the past. It's also important to note that arrests do not mean a suspect was convicted.
- DUI arrest: Feb. 26, 2006
- Suspended license: Dec. 17, 2009
- Suspended license: Jan. 10, 2011
- Suspended license: Dec. 8, 2011
He was also the subject of at least one domestic violence case, occurring August 2007. Banda-Acosta's estranged wife, who did not want to give her identity, said he was last deported on January 10, 2017, and showed up at their Chula Vista home 10 days later. She said she's trying to get a protective order against him.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed two such instances of Banda-Acosta being deported to Mexico:
- November 2002
- January 2017
Due to privacy restrictions, ICE said it's unable to provide more details on dates and locations surrounding Banda-Acosta's deportation history. ICE did confirm, however, that he's been deported 15 times since 2002.
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.
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Banda-Acosta is set for a South Bay court arraignment on May 10, 2017.