Border Patrol arrests 16 after cutting hole in border fence, driving through

by John Wesley Reid · Nov 22nd, 2019 10:14 am
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Last Updated Nov 22nd, 2019 at 10:46 am

Sixteen immigrants were arrested by Border Patrol agents Wednesday afternon after they cut a hole in a U.S.-Mexico barrier fence and drove a truck through.

Border Patrol agents were notified Wednesday about a white Dodge truck crossing into the U.S. Shortly after, a man was seen cutting a hole through a barrier fence next to a vehicle that matched the description of the truck.

Agents pursued the man as he got back in the truck and drove through the fence. Agents caught up to the truck and after a short foot pursuit apprehended all 16 suspects.

The arrests were made around 50 miles south of San Diego, California. Those apprehended included primarily Mexican men and women and two Guatemalans.

"A vehicle drive-thru, with overloaded and unsecured passengers, particularly in this terrain, can certainly result in a rollover accident with serious injuries and death," San Diego Sector Interim Chief Douglas Harrison said in a statement. "The breach of this old landing mat wall is illustrative of the need for more hardened infrastructure with greater impedance and denial capabilities to keep the area secure."