NILAND, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a man for high-speed flight from the Highway 111 traffic checkpoint on Nov 18.
The incident occurred at approximately 5:00 p.m. after a 35-year-old United States citizen drove up to the checkpoint in a U-Haul truck. The man was referred to secondary for further inspection after an alert from the K-9.
The man initially cooperated and drove to secondary, but then sped away. He led led agents on a pursuit, but agents were able to successfully deploy a tire deflation device, which ultimately ended the pursuit in a residential area.
After stopping, the man became uncooperative and refused to exit the vehicle. After several attempts of trying to get the driver out of the vehicle, agents were forced to extract him.
After further inspection of the vehicle, a loaded shotgun and 20-to-30 additional rounds were found in the passenger seat of the vehicle.
“High speed flight from a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint is a federal crime, and will not be tolerated,” Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott said. “Violators endanger the lives of the general public, those we are sworn to protect, and we will ensure that anyone failing to yield at an immigration checkpoint faces criminal charges.”
The man will be prosecuted for 18 USC 758 High Speed Flight from an Immigration Checkpoint as well as 18 USC 922 (g) Unlawful Acts.
The man and his belongings were taken to the Indio Border Patrol Station for processing.
The El Centro Sector Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.