NEW: Man detained by ICE allegedly fled crash, provided phony alibi


A Delray Beach man arrested Thursday was turned over to immigration agents after he was involved in a hit-and-run crash, then made up an alibi to cover his involvement, according to an arrest report.

Rigoberto Alvarez Balderas, 42, is facing charges of hit-and-run involving injury, operating a vehicle without a license and making a false report to law-enforcement officers.

Palm Beach County Jail records show that Balderas — whose arrest report says he was born in Mexico — was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents but do not say why.

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The driver of the other vehicle sustained back injuries in the wreck, which took place at about 2 a.m. Thursday.

Balderas was allegedly behind the wheel of a Lincoln Navigator that rear-ended a Nissan Armada at the intersection of Southwest Fourth Street and Southwest Eighth Avenue, between Atlantic Avenue and Linton Boulevard east of Interstate 95.

A woman in the Nissan said Balderas’ SUV crashed into hers while she was at a stop sign. After the crash, Balderas allegedly jumped out of his vehicle and told the victim, “You’re so stupid.”

Balderas then fled the scene, but left the Navigator behind.

About 30 minutes after the crash, a Delray Beach police dispatcher received a call from Balderas saying he had been “knocked out” by another man, but could not provide a description.

The victim was able to identify Balderas, city police said.



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