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ICE says felony DUI suspect in the U.S. illegally

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Garcia-Romero is charged with three counts of felony driving under the influence. Garcia-Romero is charged with three counts of felony driving under the influence.
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Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Felix Garcia-Romero is a citizen of Mexico.

Director VIncent Picard said after Saturday's accident they began working with the detention center to put a detainer on Garcia-Romero, which means after the criminal proceedings in the U.S. he'll be turned over to ICE.

"He's not going to escape the criminal justice system here. He has to go through that entire process, a final disposition has to be made on his case and then once he's served time, jail time or anything then immigration will come along and likely deport him," local attorney David Hoffman said.

Saturday's accident injured seven victims who were standing at the scene of an accident on Ashley Phosphate Saturday morning. According to the police report, a fire truck was blocking the scene and  Garcia-Romero allegedly swerved to miss the truck. Instead he crashed into several teenagers and EMS workers.

In the dashcam video provided by North Charleston Police, you see Garcia-Romero can barely stand as an officer reads him Miranda Rights and paramedics tend to the victims.

Of those injured: several teenagers, and Darin Kingery, a 12-year-veteran of the North Charleston Fire Department.

Kingery is still in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition.

Another firefighter,  Joshua Sader, who  has been with the department for six months, was treated and released the night of the crash. He has returned to duty. 

The civilian patients were transported from the scene by both Charleston County EMS and Dorchester County EMS to MUSC, Trident Hospital and Summerville Medical Center.

News 2 spoke with Aerial Hayward Monday and she said she was hoping to be dismissed from the hospital this week.

Driver charged with felony DUI after crashing into accident scene on Ashley Phosphate

The department's preliminary investigation into the crash that occurred at 3940 Ashley Phosphate Rd. indicates the fire engine was placed on the roadway in a defensive position, and the firefighters on scene were wearing ANSI approved reflective vests, per department guidelines.  The reflective material of the vests provide higher visibility of emergency workers, especially at night.    

The North Charleston Police Department is handling the crash investigation. They said Garcia-Romero was driving without a license and expired insurance.

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