MILFORD, MA (The Milford Daily News) – A Milford man has been handed over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) and will be deported after a hit-and-run crash on Sunday involving the deputy police chief.
Antonio Barbosa, 48, of 173 Main St., was charged with operating without a license, a marked lanes violation and leaving the scene of property damage before being handed over to ICE.
Because of his detainment, Barbosa never made it to his Milford District Court arraignment Monday. He was held without bail until an ICE agent picked him up, according to police.
Barbosa, who holds a Brazilian passport, was detained, according to an ICE agent, because he was wanted “as a fugitive alien for removal out of the US.”
Shawn Neudauer, Public Affairs Officer for ICE, said in an email that Barbosa “was an ICE fugitive at the time of his arrest based on an outstanding final order of removal issued by an immigration court in 2006. He will remain in ICE custody pending removal from the United States.”
According to a police affidavit on file in court, Deputy Police Chief Jim Heron called over the radio that his cruiser was hit by a vehicle on Main Street Sunday at 3:34 p.m.
The vehicle left the scene, but Heron followed, informing officers over the radio of his locations along the way. The chase eventually stopped on South Bow Street, according to the report.
As other officers arrived, they questioned the driver, Barbosa, who said he didn’t know he had hit Heron’s cruiser. He could provide only a passport when asked for his license and registration and admitted to not having a license, according to the affidavit.
The vehicle, a 2004 Honda Accord, was registered to High Gloss Painting of Framingham.
After being charged formally charged and booked, police discovered “a hit” on Barbosa’s passport in a national criminal database.
Barbosa, who is being held at the Suffolk County House of Corrections, was not present for his arraignment, forcing the court to issue a default warrant for his arrest.