Smugglers Endanger Lives Trying to Evade Border Patrol
CHULA VISTA, Calif.—Border Patrol agents from the Chula Vista Station arrested a man and woman this weekend who were transporting illegal aliens and endangered their lives while trying to evade apprehension.
On Oct. 26 at approximately 3 p.m., agents near Jamul observed several individuals quickly enter a grey sedan and head westbound towards Chula Vista.
Suspecting a smuggling event, agents turned on their emergency lights and siren to initiate a vehicle stop. The driver refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed into a neighborhood near Proctor Valley Road. Stopping abruptly near Coastal Hills Drive, agents saw three people get out of the vehicle and run into the surrounding brush.
Before agents could approach the vehicle, the driver sped off to State Highway 125, at times going in excess of 100 miles per hour. He continued northbound, exited, then drove westbound on Jamacha Road. The driver continued to drive erratically and, at one point, tried to run an agent’s vehicle off the road.
The chase came to an end at Darby Street in Spring Valley, when the driver crashed into a parked car. Agents quickly moved in and arrested the 30-year-old driver and his 34-year-old female front passenger. Both were U.S. citizens. Investigating further, agents discovered two more illegal aliens concealed inside the car’s trunk.
The three people who exited the vehicle near Coastal Hills Drive were found later and arrested. The group of five illegal aliens included three male Mexican nationals and two male Guatemalan nationals.
“This is another example of the dangerous acts human smugglers perform every day for financial gain and how they show no regard for the lives of those involved,” said Chief Patrol Agent Douglas E. Harrison. “Fortunately, this chase came to a safe conclusion and ended with the driver and co-principal in custody.”
The driver and co-principal are being held in Federal custody pending alien smuggling charges. The passengers sustained no injuries during the pursuit and are being processed for removal.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.