TEMECULA, Calif. – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was in the hospital Monday morning after being hit by a man suspected of driving under the influence at a Border Patrol station in Temecula, authorities said.
According to CHP officers, the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. just north of Rainbow Valley. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were in the roadways conducting checks at the station when a man driving a 2013 Mini Cooper approached the checkpoint but failed to stop and hit an agent, said CHP officer Mike Lassig.
The agents were wearing marked uniforms and had cones and lights on the roads, notifying drivers of road closures for the Border Patrol checkpoint, said Lassig.
The man kept driving for another 3/4 of a mile after hitting the agent, CHP said. Officers were able to locate the driver and detain him, according to CHP.
Officers determined the man was driving under the influence of alcohol and was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, said Lassig.
The driver and the adult passenger in the car were taken to the CHP office for further questioning.
All lanes of northbound I-15 were closed until 7 a.m. while officers investigated the accident.
The Border Patrol agent who was hit was taken to a hospital to be treated for major injuries.