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1 Dead, 3 Injured after Border Patrol Pursuit Ends in Crash

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A California Border Patrol pursuit in Jamul on Christmas evening left one person dead and three people injured after the car CBP were chasing drove off the side of the road and crashed head-on into a tree, a Cal Fire official said.

According to San Diego County Cal Fire Battalion Chief Kari Thompson, at approximately 6:04 p.m. Saturday, Border Patrol agents were involved in a failure-to-yield incident on Otay Lakes Rd. near Jamul.  

California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility responded to the scene.

According to Thompson, three people were ejected from the car. A 52-year-old man died at the scene while the other two people, a 19 and a 29-year-old, ejected from the car suffered major injuries and were hospitalized as a result.

The driver was the only person who was not ejected from the car; they suffered minor injuries, Thompson said. After being treated for their minimal wounds, the driver was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents.

Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

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