SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Monday afternoon apprehended a 34-year-old man after he failed to yield to Mexican authorities, endangering CBP officers and the traveling public.
On May 19, at about 2:45 p.m., CBP was contacted by Mexican authorities about a black SUV with dark tinted windows which failed to yield to Tijuana Municipal Police and was headed for the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The SUV, driven by a male U.S. citizen, approached the border line from Mexico into the U.S. and continued to slowly drive forward as CBP officers approached the vehicle. The driver ignored officer’s commands to turn off the vehicle and roll down the windows. Due the non-cooperation of driver, and the presence of a possible threat to themselves and the traveling public, CBP officers were forced to break the window in an attempt to extract the driver.
During the extraction, in an attempt to get away the driver accelerated the vehicle at a high rate of speed and collided with another vehicle which was awaiting entry into the U.S.
The driver immediately exited the SUV and attempted to run away from responding officers. The man became physically assaultive as officers tried to take him into custody. Once in custody the man was found to have three small bags containing four grams of narcotics, that field tested positive for cocaine, hidden on his person.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested the subject. He was booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
The driver of the vehicle which was struck was taken to a medical facility for evaluation. CBP was advised the driver did not sustain any life threatening injuries, did not require additional hospital care, and was released.
“Many times our officers are placed in harm’s way while protecting our nation and the traveling public. Given the circumstances our officers had to react quickly in order to neutralize a dangerous situation before it could escalate further,” said San Diego Director of Field Operations Pete Flores.
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.