TUCSON, Ariz. – A Tucson Station Border Patrol agent helped prevent a potential tragedy by stopping a wrong-way driver on I-19 on Jan. 15.
At approximately 2:30 a.m., the agent was traveling on I-19 in his assigned government vehicle when he noticed a vehicle headed south in a northbound lane. The agent quickly contacted radio communications to request a response from the Department of Public Safety.
As a precaution, the agent activated his emergency lights; causing the driver to immediately pull over. A DPS officer arrived on the scene and determined the male driver was driving impaired. The DPS officer arrested the driver and had the vehicle towed.
Border Patrol agents often assist local, state, federal and tribal agencies in an effort to improve public safety.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.