Man chased by deputy killed during pursuit in US illegally

YULEE, Fla. (AP) " A man being chased by a Florida sheriff's deputy who was fatally struck by a passing SUV during the pursuit told a federal judge he wants to plead guilty to illegally re-entering the United States from Mexico.

Twenty-six-year-old Francisco Portillo-Fuentes was in court Monday for a detention hearing. U.S. Magistrate Joel Toomey set another hearing for next Monday.

Portillo-Fuentes was arrested last week in Jacksonville about 12 hours after Nassau Sheriff's Deputy Eric Oliver was killed while chasing him. The Florida Times-Union ( ) reports Portillo-Fuentes was riding in a truck with other men. When U.S. Border Patrol agents approached, he ran and deputies gave chase.

Records show Portillo-Fuentes was deported in September after a DUI conviction. He returned by crossing the Rio Grande just three days before Oliver was killed.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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