Suspected human smuggling leads to chase, crash in Arizona

Border Crime

An alien smuggling subject collided with a civilian vehicle in the Yuma foothills. (Courtesy CBP)

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — California Border Patrol agents have said an alleged human smuggling attempt crossed state lines into Arizona and ended when the suspect crashed into another vehicle and barricaded himself inside a home.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials only identified the suspect as a 29-year-old man who is a U.S. citizen.

On Nov. 21, authorities say agents at the Calexico Station in California attempted an immigration stop near the state line before the driver of a white Honda drove off.

Authorities say agents and Yuma Air and Marine pursued the vehicle until it crashed.

Authorities say one female was transferred to the hospital from the collision, her condition is unknown.

Authorities say the driver ran on foot into nearby homes before he was arrested. Border Patrol agents located the subject hiding in a closet inside the home and took him into custody.  The residents, who were home at the time, were unharmed, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release.

Agents say four men believed to be passengers were arrested.

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