5 hurt when minivan being chased by Border Patrol crashes

BOULEVARD, Calif. — Five people were injured Tuesday night when a minivan being chased by U.S. Border Patrol agents crashed in rural East County.

Just after 5 p.m., Border Patrol agents tried to conduct an enforcement stop on a blue Mazda MPV near Olde Highway 80 and McCain Valley Road in Boulevard for “possible immigration-related violations,” according to California Highway Patrol. The driver did not stop, leading them on a chase, CHP said. The driver was speeding southbound on Shasta Way just south of state Route 94 when she lost control of the vehicle while going over a dip, crashing into a steel fence and utility pole before overturning.

The driver, a 23-year-old woman from San Diego, was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor injuries and was in custody with Border Patrol.

Four men who said they were from Mexico were lying in the backseat, not wearing seatbelts, according to CHP. Two of the men, ages 25 and 27, were taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital. The other two, ages 24 and 39, declined medical aid and were in custody with Border Patrol.

An investigation was underway. Alcohol or drugs were not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

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