Four Border Patrol Agents Injured in California Human Smuggling Vehicle Pursuit

Four Border Patrol agents were injured during a high-speed pursuit with an alleged human smuggler. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/San Diego Sector)
Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/San Diego Sector

Four San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents sustained injuries during a vehicle pursuit of a human smuggling suspect. The alleged smuggler, his passenger, and one of the smuggled migrants also sustained injuries.

Agents assigned to the Highway 94 immigration checkpoint in East County San Diego on Tuesday night observed a Chevrolet Tahoe approaching for inspection. The agents identified the driver and front-seat passengers as U.S. citizens. The driver suddenly sped away from the checkpoint, according to information obtained from San Diego Sector Border Patrol officials.

Agents pursued the driver as he sped away at a high rate of speed, officials stated. The vehicle came to an abrupt stop and then sped away again as agents approached the vehicle. The driver struck a Border Patrol vehicle as he sped away.

The pursuit continued until the driver struck two civilian vehicles. The collisions left the Tahoe disabled, the report continued.

Agents approached the vehicle and arrested the driver and front-seat passenger, both U.S. citizens. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of ten Mexican nationals who were illegally present in the United States.

Emergency medical crews transported four Border Patrol agents, the alleged smuggler, his U.S. citizen passenger, and one of the migrants to nearby hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained during the pursuit and collisions. All were released following treatment for minor injuries.

The driver now faces multiple criminal charges following the failed human smuggling attempt and the assault on the agents. Border Patrol officials seized the Tahoe.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s Sunday-morning talk show, What’s Your Point? Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX, Parler @BobPrice, and Facebook.

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