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American Citizen Arrested In Tijuana After Chaotic Chase To San Ysidro Border Crossing

Mexican law-enforcement officials and first-responders at the aftermath of an...

Credit: Courtesy of Marco V De Anda

Above: Mexican law-enforcement officials and first-responders at the aftermath of an alleged road-rage crash in Tijuana at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, May 13, 2019.

An American man was arrested after running over several people with a truck in a chaotic chase to the San Ysidro border crossing with San Diego, police in the Mexican city of Tijuana said.

A police statement Monday night said that the man threatened a person with a knife on a Tijuana boulevard about 1 mile (over 1 kilometer) from the crossing, and then fled in a pickup truck when officers intervened. During the chase, the man allegedly hit five people, 14 vendor stalls and 17 other vehicles.

The truck finally stopped a short distance from the U.S. border where bystanders set upon the driver and a woman who was a passenger. They were dragged from the vehicle and beaten while others pounded on the truck with rods and rocks.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Marco V De Anda

Mexican law-enforcement officials and first-responders at the aftermath of an alleged road-rage crash in Tijuana at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, May 13, 2019.

Police stopped the beating, but video from the melee showed both people from the truck bloodied and dazed. It was not clear if the woman was also arrested. Police did not identify either of them.

El Imparcial newspaper reported that the man was held by local vendors, and police said he was taken into custody.

A police photo showed the black truck with its front end and right side bashed in and its wheels damaged. It had Utah license plates.

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