I-5 wrong-way truck chase ends in National City

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - A truck traveling the wrong way on Interstate 5 led authorities on a chase that started at the U.S.-Mexico border and ended with two arrests in National City late Tuesday night.

At about 11 p.m., Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers saw a white pickup truck heading north on the southbound side of I-5.

CBP officers pursued the truck, with assistance from the Border Patrol and California Highway Patrol.

During the chase, the truck struck a car in the Chula Vista area, but continued on, officials told 10News. The driver of the car was not seriously hurt.

"I just swerved to the right as quick as I could, and then I just hit it," driver Sarah Pelham told 10News after the ordeal.

On I-5 in the National City area, officials said the "subject vehicle hit a k-rail separating the north and southbound lanes, drove across the freeway and came to a stop on the west side of the southbound lanes. Two occupants exited the vehicle and fled down an embankment."

CBP officers and Border Patrol agents pursued the two people and took them into custody.

Authorities seized the vehicle and will search it for possible contraband.

Officials said the men, ages 33 and 31, are Mexican citizens with no legal documents to enter the U.S.

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