Border Patrol agents arrested a man who tried to flee from a checkpoint near Niland, California, last week and uncovered a shotgun, according to an announcement.
The man, identified only as a 35-year-old U.S. citizen, driving a U-Haul truck up to a check point around 5 p.m. on Nov. 8 alerted a K-9 on the scene. The man was ordered to drive the truck to a secondary position, but instead sped away.
Agents pursued the man and the chase ended in a residential area after they deployed a tire deflation device. But the man refused to exit the truck, so agents were forced to extract him.
After inspecting the truck, agents found a loaded shotgun and 20-30 shells in the passenger seat. According to the announcement, the man will be prosecuted under federal statutes that makes it illegal to flee from an immigration checkpoint and unlawful acts.
“High speed flight from a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint is a federal crime, and will not be tolerated,” Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott said. “Violators endanger the lives of the general public, those we are sworn to protect, and we will ensure that anyone failing to yield at an immigration checkpoint faces criminal charges.”