Bob McPhail 6:31 a.m., May 19
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers are reporting the arrest of a man who, after failing to provide proper documentation at the San Ysidro border crossing last week, used a tow truck to attempt to escape.
A 36 year-old male Mexican citizen pulled into the SENTRI lane at the crossing last Wednesday morning driving a 1997 Toyota 4Runner. SENTRI lanes are reserved for frequent and trusted border-crossers, though the man had neither the proper credentials to use the lane nor paperwork allowing him entry to the United States.
After being referred to secondary inspection, the man pulled in and parked as instructed, but tried to leave the lot before officers could complete a search. He was directed to return to the area, which he did, but then tried to leave again, this time fleeing at a high rate of speed. Officers activated their port runner deterrent system, which shredded the vehicle’s tires and forced the suspect to stop, blocked by a tow truck removing confiscated vehicles.
He then exited his own vehicle and attempted to flee again driving the tow truck, but was quickly taken into custody. He is currently being held in a San Diego County jail, and will face criminal charges related to the incident.