Man Behind Pursuit That Closed Border Arraigned - NBC 7 San Diego

Man Behind Pursuit That Closed Border Arraigned

Carlos Romero, 30, pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges

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    Man Behind Pursuit That Closed Border Arraigned
    After leading authorities on a high-speed chase, the suspect was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.

    The man at the center of a dramatic freeway pursuit had his first court date Tuesday.

    Carlos Romero, 30, is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, one count of auto theft, one count of felony evading and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

    Romero pleaded not guilty.

    The ordeal began Thursday night when police tried to pull over a pickup truck that had been reported stolen. The driver sped off, heading south on Interstate 5 toward the San Ysidro border, according to San Diego police.

    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.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 3, 2014)

    Police said the driver encountered heavy traffic near the border crossing. He reportedly rammed two patrol cars and a Border Patrol vehicle, before making a U-turn and driving the opposite direction up southbound I-5.

    Police said an officer and a Border Patrol agent fired their weapons because they thought the suspect could injure them.

    Officers finally cornered the suspect on Dairy Mart Road. He was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.

    The San Ysidro border crossing was closed during the high-speed pursuit.

    Romero’s bail was set at $250,000. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted.

    A readiness conference is set for Jan. 16, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21.

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