San Ysidro border crossing reopens after wild police chase

SAN DIEGO - The San Ysidro port of entry reopened early Friday  following a five-and-a-half-hour closure as officers pursued a stolen vehicle suspect who was wounded in an officer-involved shooting, authorities said.

The chase began at 6:23 p.m. Thursday as patrol officers were altered to the stolen 2007 Chevy pickup truck being driven by a man in his 30s on southbound Interstate 15 at Mercy Road, San Diego police Lt. Jorge Duran said.

They attempted to pull the truck over, but the driver continued on several roads before heading south on Interstate 5 toward the San Ysidro border crossing, Duran said.

The driver initially came to a stop in the heavy border traffic, but then slammed the pickup into two police vehicles and a Border Patrol car as law enforcement officers approached on foot, Duran said. A San Diego police officer and a Border Patrol agent then opened fire, he said.

The suspect suffered a gunshot wound to his leg, but was able to make a U-turn and drive north in the southbound freeway lanes to exit on Camino De La Plaza, according to the lieutenant.

He was arrested shortly after exiting the freeway, and was taken to a hospital to be treated, Duran said.

The border crossing was closed as a result of the pursuit. A CHP dispatch supervisor in San Diego said the freeway entry to the port at San

Ysidro was reopened at 12:40 a.m. after being closed at 7:12 p.m. Thursday.

Police officials said no law enforcement officers were hurt.

Duran said the San Diego police officer involved in the shooting had been with the San Diego Police Department for six years and the Border Patrol agent had been with that agency for seven years.

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