Police: Illegal immigrant without license hits girl


NEWBURYPORT – Police say an illegal alien was driving without a license in Ipswich Wednesday morning when he hit an 11-year-old girl with his pickup truck.

The defendant’s attorney called it a simple accident. However, things became more complicated Wednesday when police say they discovered the suspect is an illegal alien and wanted for deportation.

35-year-old Wanderson DaSilva-Neto was in handcuffs after police say he drove his pickup truck out of his driveway on his way to work this morning and struck an 11-year-old girl who was riding her bike to school.

“The child’s injuries are just superficial at this point. Some facial lacerations and possibly broken,” said Chief Paul Nikas, of the Ipswich Police Department.

After doing some checking, police discovered DaSilva-Netto was wanted by ICE, Immigration Customs Enforcement.

“He did not have any license whatsoever. We don’t have a record of him ever obtaining a mass license,” said Nikas.

The suspect only had a Brazilian identification license.

In court DaSilva-Netto was ordered held without bail because of the federal immigration warrant.

“It doesn’t appear that we know his true identity at this point. I would ask the court to hold him without bail until we can do further research and see if we can find his true identity,” prosecutor, Tom Sholds said.

No comment from the 11-year-old girl’s father as he left the police station. DaSilva-Netto’s attorney says his client should not be held because it was only a simple accident.

“He is the father of four young children, all living in Brazil, judges. He tells me he grew up in Brazil completed high school there. He has no Massachusetts record, judge, as has already been indicated. He’s lived in Ipswich for the past six years,” said defense attorney Anthony Papoulias Jr.

DaSilva-Netto is expected to be turned over to immigration authorities for a deportation hearing.