The Latest: 3 dead, 7 injured in Border Patrol chase

CAMPO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly chase by the U.S. Border Patrol near the California-Mexico border that left three dead and seven injured (all times local):

12:02 p.m.

The U.S. Border Patrol says agents involved in a deadly chase tried to stop a pickup truck before it sped away from rugged terrain near the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that the driver refused to stop and barreled onto Interstate 8 in San Diego County.

Witnesses say the pickup weaved through traffic and hit speeds above 100 mph (160 kph).

When authorities used a spike strip to deflate its tires, the driver lost control and crashed. The truck rolled over, ejecting occupants.

Three people were killed, including the only female. Seven others sustained serious injuries and were taken to an area hospital.

Police detained the driver, a U.S. citizen.

Border Patrol policy states chases should only occur when the benefit outweighs any danger.


1 a.m.

California authorities say three people have been killed and eight injured when a pickup fleeing Border Patrol agents rolled over near the Mexican border.

California Highway Patrol says the crash in Campo happened about 4:30 p.m. Thursday on westbound Interstate 8 near Crestwood Road.

CHP officials say Border Patrol agents were chasing the truck, which had 11 people inside. Agents used a spike strip before the vehicle lost control and drove into an embankment.

CHP spokesman Officer Travis Garrow says a male driver and a female passenger were believed to be seated in the cab of the truck, and nine men were in the bed.

Witnesses say the pickup was weaving through traffic and traveling at speeds of more than 100 mph.

It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the chase.

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