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An elderly man who police said has Alzheimer’s disease drove his car through the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park, up to the top of Spooner's Mesa, and became stranded in his white Honda just feet from a steep hillside on Tuesday afternoon, February 25.

The man was rescued by U.S. Border Patrol agents and San Diego police officers who sent the confused man home with the tow-truck driver.

Driving on the mesa is restricted to police and Border Patrol vehicles, which include a fleet of ATVs. The man, who police declined to identify, drove up the northwest access road to the top, about 250 feet above Monument Road, then crossed the mesa headed south, Just before the edge of the bluff above Goat Canyon, he apparently damaged the car after driving in some deep ruts.

"The car wasn't drivable, so we called his wife to get permission to tow it," the dispatch operator said. He wasn't charged with any violations of the city or park rules, she said. "We just made sure he got home safely," she added.

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