November 12, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – A woman who ran a Border Patrol checkpoint in Pine Valley, after agents found a person hidden in her trunk, led authorities on a chase at speeds up to 120 miles per hour last night.
The chase began shortly before 5 p.m. and continued for 30 miles, despite tack strips laid down to try and half the driver, who was in a Ford Mustang. Border Patrol and California Highway Patrol officers were involved in the pursuit. The driver exited the freeway in El Cajon, where she crashed into the back of a Jeep s at Madison and Second Street, Customs and Border Patrol reports. The CHP site and several media outlets reported that the suspect struck more than one vehicle.
The driver, a 54-year-old U.S. citizen, attempted to flee the scene, but an officer deployed a stun gun, 10 News reports. She was arrested and taken to a hospital for evaluation.
KNSD reports that the person in the trunk was a Mexican citizen who has been turned over to Customs and Border Patrol and could be summoned as a witness for the prosecution against the driver. The individual remained in the trunk throughout the chase, since Border Patrol agents at the checkpoint managed tp shut the trunk lid to protect the smuggled passenger as the driver took off, KNSD reports.