TEMECULA, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously convicted sex offender yesterday near Temecula after he failed to yield and a brief high-speed chase ensued.
Agents assigned to enforcement duties along the northbound Interstate 15 attempted to stop a 40-year-old male United States citizen driving a blue 1998 Ford F-150 near Highway 76. The driver failed to yield and led agents on a high speed chase with speeds reaching 90 miles per hour. Agents discontinued the pursuit after the suspect drove southbound on the shoulder of the northbound I-15 endangering the motoring public. Agents located the individual's vehicle minutes later when his vehicle became stuck after he drove off-road.
The individual absconded from the vehicle, but was later captured near the area he absconded from. Agents ran record checks and determined that the suspect was a registered sex offender in Pinal County, Ariz., wanted for parole violations.
The suspect was booked into San Diego County jail for high speed flight from an Executive Officer.
To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation's borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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.