Six suspected illegal immigrants were arrested in San Diego Monday, after the driver of their truck ran into a dumpster while attempting to flee police. The driver of the truck fled the scene, but was apprehended a short time later. SUBMITTED Photo
7 captured after truck struck dumpster
Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal
SAN DIEGO - A pursuit through the streets of San Diego Monday morning ended with two wrecked vehicles and a trip to a local hospital for the driver who allegedly attempted to evade police.
According to San Diego Police Department reports, the incident began shortly before 11 a.m. when Chief of Police Joe Olvera observed a 2007 Ford F-150 speeding northbound on Highway 359 in San Diego.
As the vehicle turned eastbound on Highway 44, Olvera initiated a traffic stop near Victoria Street.
As Olvera exited his patrol car and approached the truck, the driver reportedly sped away, heading east on Highway 44.
The truck crossed through the parking lot of a car wash and then drove into the parking lot of a Dairy Queen, striking a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire, according to reports.
The driver of the truck then attempted to exit the moving vehicle, but the driver's side door struck a tree and closed on him, causing a large gash on his arm, officials said.
The truck finally came to a stop after striking a dumpster, and the driver exited the truck and fled the scene.
Olvera arrived at the scene a few seconds later, drew his service pistol and was able to detain six men who were passengers in the truck. A short time later the driver was observed in the area of Ventura Street and was apprehended.
The driver was transported to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice, where he was treated for the injury to his arm. The driver and the six passengers, all identified as Mexican nationals, were turned over to the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, officials said.
A 38-year-old woman who was in the Pontiac Sunfire at the time it was struck by the fleeing truck was not seriously injured, according to reports.