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Three Detained, 1 Sought by CBP Following Pursuit Stemming from ‘Smuggling Event'

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers are searching for a fourth suspect in a pursuit following a "smuggling event" at a highway checkpoint Thursday.

Investigators told NBC 7 that the car reached speeds up to 100 mph during the chase.

CBP officers said a pursuit with a silver Ford Expedition started near the Pine Valley Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8 around 5:11 p.m.

The vehicle stopped on the shoulder of Lake Jennings Park Road near Blossom Park Road in El Cajon at approximately 5:35 p.m.

Once they came to a stop, the vehicle began to billow smoke and the driver got out and ran away.

Shortly after, CBP officers detained the suspect, and he was taken to a nearby hospital. He was evaluated for non-life threatening injuries.

About 10 minutes later, two additional people suspected of being in the country illegally were also detained.

As of 6:00 p.m., officers were searching for a fourth suspect.

No other information was immediately available.

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