ROLLOVER CRASH DURING CHASE INJURES FIVE PEOPLE IN BOULEVARD

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East County News Service

February 19, 2019 (Boulevard) – A blue Mazda that failed to stop for U.S. Border Patrol agents this evening on McCain Valley Road near Olde HIghway 80 regarding possible immigration violations led officers on a chase that resulted in a rollover crash in Boulevard, injuring several peopole.

The driver failed to yield to a Border Patrol vehicle with flashing lights and siren at 5:15 p.m.  A pursuit was initiatied and the driver turned onto several roads before driving south on Shasta Way just south of State Route 94.  At a dip in the road, the driver lost control, striking a steel fence and utility pole. The vehicle overturned, coming to rest on its wheels, says Officer Travis Garrow with the California HIghway Patrol.

 The 23-year-old female driver from San Diego sustained minor injuries.  She was transported to Sharp Memorial hospital in San Diego and is currently in custody with the United States Border Patrol.  The four male passengers ages 24, 25, 27 and 39 years old were lying in the back-passenger compartment of the vehicle and were unrestrained at the time of the collision.  All the men in the vehicle claimed to be residents of Mexico and sustained minor to moderate injuries.  The 25 and 27-year-old males were transported via ground ambulance to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.  The 24 and 39-year-old passengers refused medical aid on scene and are currently in custody with the United States Border Patrol.

The United States Border Patrol is investigating the criminal portion of this investigation.

Alcohol and or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in this collision at this time.