Border Patrol high-speed chase ends in arrests
Border Patrol agents chased a Ford Expedition 100 miles from the Mexico border to Irvine early Saturday morning before taking the driver and six undocumented passengers into custody, authorities said.
About 1:25 a.m. in Otay Mesa, a border town, an agent noticed several people suspected of being illegal immigrants jump into the Expedition, said Border Patrol spokesman Michael Jimenez.
The Border Patrol and other agencies gave chase by car and by helicopter as the SUV sped north, at times exceeding 100 miles per hour, Jimenez said. The SUV raced up the 805 Freeway to the 5 Freeway, and finally came to a stop -- almost an hour after the chase began -- on the shoulder of I-5 near the Culver Drive exit in Irvine, he said.
No one was hurt in the chase.
Jimenez said the driver, a 38-year-old Mexican citizen whose name he declined to release, is being held pending possible charges. He said the six occupants did not appear to have significant criminal records. “They were processed and will be returned to Mexico,” he said.
-- Christopher Goffard