Suspect in San Ysidro Border Pursuit, Shooting to Stand Trial

Carlos Romero, 30, has been ordered to stand trial on charges connected to the closure of the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Jan. 2

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    Romero was taken into custody near Dairy Mart Road with a gunshot wound to the leg.

    A man arrested after a pursuit that ended with shots fired at the U.S.-Mexico border will stand trial, a San Diego judge ruled Tuesday.

    Carlos Romero was arrested following a dramatic freeway pursuit that closed the border crossing considered the busiest in the world on Jan. 2.

    When police tried to pull over the truck Romero was driving, he refused to pull over and instead drove south toward the San Ysidro Port of Entry, officials said.

    Suspect Leads Police on Dramatic Pursuit

    [DGO] Suspect Leads Police on Dramatic Pursuit
    The San Ysidro border crossing was closed along with several lanes of the southbound Interstate 5 after a dramatic car chase Thursday night. NBC7's Dave summers reports.

    Once there, the 30-year-old Romero is accused of ramming two patrol cars and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle in an attempt to avoid arrest.

    At a preliminary hearing held inside a San Diego courtroom Tuesday, one of the agents testified Romero revved his engine and was going to hit him with his car so he had no choice but to fire his weapon.

    Driver Leads Police on Chase Near Border

    [DGO] Driver Leads Police on Chase Near Border
    The border was closed after a driver in a Chevy pickup truck led San Diego police on a high-speed pursuit on southbound Interstate 5 in the South Bay Thursday night.

    When he was taken into custody on Dairy Mart Road, officials said Romero was injured with a gunshot wound to the leg.

    Romero was ordered to stand trial on charges of assault on a peace officer, felony evading and assault with a deadly weapon. He has pleaded not guilty to charges.

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