El Centro, Yuma Agents Arrest Smuggler Involved in Vehicle Rollover
CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro and Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents together apprehended a human smuggler who rolled his vehicle in an attempt to evade arrest early Monday.
At approximately 4:25 a.m., Border Patrol agents monitoring camera systems at the Calexico Station observed six individuals scale the international boundary fence near a hydro-electric plant and climb into a white Acura Integra on Interstate 8.
Agents responded as the vehicle traveled eastbound on I-8 until reaching the Greys Well exit where it abruptly turned around. A Yuma agent observed the car and attempted to stop it but the driver failed to yield.
Agents from Yuma and Calexico lost sight of the vehicle traveling westbound. Soon after, agents discovered the driver had lost control and rolled the car.
The driver, a U.S. citizen, declined medical attention but the undocumented immigrants were transported to a hospital with minor injuries.
The driver and undocumented immigrants were turned over to the Yuma Sector Border Patrol for processing according to Yuma Sector guidelines.
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.