Border Patrol Pursuit Ends in Kearny Mesa Neighborhood

The chase began just before 1 a.m. on westbound I-8, ending 20 minutes later in a chaotic scene on Olga Avenue in Kearny Mesa

Residents experienced an alarming wake-up early Saturday morning when a pursuit involving U.S. Border Patrol agents came to an end in a neighborhood in Kearny Mesa.

The chase – which California Border Patrol (CHP) officials said began just before 1 a.m. on westbound Interstate 8 near Sunrise Highway – ended about 20 minutes later in the 3400 block of Olga Avenue.

CHP officials said that, for unknown reasons, a driver in a 1997 Acura failed to yield for a Border Patrol agent and a pursuit ensued.

The driver led agents down westbound I-8 and onto northbound Interstate 805, then onto Mesa College Drive, Annrae Street, Donzie Street and, ultimately, the cul-de-sac, Olga Avenue.

At the dead-end, the driver crashed into a truck. Residents told NBC 7 they saw several people then flee from the suspect vehicle. One person even wound up trying to hide under a parked U-Haul truck, witnesses said.

Eventually, Border Patrol agents handcuffed several suspects. Residents said the entire street was lined with law enforcement vehicles as the chaotic scene played out.

For Kearny Mesa resident Erin Acord, it was a scary sight.

"I heard the sirens, so that woke me up. And I looked out and I saw lots of cop cars and some people running. I was like, ‘What is going on?’" Acord told NBC 7.

Officials have not yet released details on the pursuit or the arrests. Check back for updates.

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