Agents pursue, arrest man caught driving between border security fences

Each panel of steel shows where smugglers have cut through the secondary border fence.Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Mexican citizen crashed and tried to run south across the border, but was apprehended, agents said

MAY 4, 2019
5:05 PM


A Mexican man seen driving between security fences at the border west of San Ysidro on Saturday tried to speed away from Border Patrol agents, but crashed and was caught, authorities said.

The 31-year-old man suffered injuries during a struggle with agents, who also used pepper spray on him, Agent Justin Castrejon said in a statement.

Agents from the Imperial Beach station spotted the man driving between the primary and secondary border fences near Goat Canyon, about a mile east of Border Field State Park, at 9:15 a.m., Castrejon said.

He said agents tried to stop the driver, but he sped away and soon crashed into the secondary wall. He got out and ran, trying to get across the border into Mexico, Castrejon said.

Agents caught up to the man and struggled to get him into custody, Castrejon said. Medics took the man to a hospital by ambulance.

Castrejon did not describe the extent of the man’s injuries or say how the man likely got between the border fences.