A Mexican man charged with vehicular homicide was released from the Denver city jail even though U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had filed a hold on him believing he entered the U.S. illegally.
Ivan Zamarripa-Castaneda, 26, of Mexico was released Saturday, less than two hours after Denver authorities notified ICE that it would be releasing him on bond, according to Carl Rusnok, ICE spokesman.
“As law enforcement professionals, we should all have the same ultimate goal in mind — to protect the public by combating criminals,” Rusnok wrote in a news release. “ICE helps fulfill that role by removing criminal aliens from the streets, and from the United States. Zamarripa-Castaneda is currently an immigration fugitive.”
Denver jail officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
Denver police arrested Zamarripa-Castaneda after he ran off the freeway after causing a fiery collision with a tractor-trailer on eastbound Interstate 70 near the Interstate 25 interchange. When police interviewed Zamarripa-Castaneda his eyes were watery, his speech was slurred and his breath had a moderate odor of alcohol, according to an incident report.
Two days after his arrest, ICE officials lodged a detainer on Zamarripa-Castaneda. On Saturday, Denver jail officials notified ICE that it would be releasing him at an unspecified time, Rusnok said. But two hours later when ICE deportation officers arrived at the jail to pick him up and transfer Zamarripa-Castaneda to a federal lock up, Denver jail officials had already released him, Rusnok said.
“ICE is coordinating with DCSO to identify the communications issues that occurred in this instance to avoid any recurrence in the future,” Rusnok said.
All ICE detainers are submitted with an accompanying warrant, he said.