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DEA suspect nearly drives into teen walking home in San Diego canyon

Posted at 2:58 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 20:20:10-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A suspect fleeing DEA agents nearly hit a teen walking home from school in a San Diego canyon Wednesday.

The teenager was walking home from Gompers Preparatory Academy, taking a shortcut home through a canyon at Hilltop Drive and Euclid Avenue at about 1:30 p.m., according to DEA officials on the scene.

During that time DEA agents say they were conducting surveillance of a suspect, when they initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The suspect stopped at first, before fleeing and driving down a dirt path — the same one the teen was walking along.

The teen received minor injuries as she avoided being hit by the suspect's vehicle, the DEA said later, while the suspect crashed and fled the area on foot.

The teen was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution and released to her mother soon after.

DEA agents and San Diego Sheriff's deputies located the suspect a short time later at a gas station. Agents say they recovered about six kilograms of suspected fentanyl and three pounds of suspected methamphetamine in the suspect's vehicle.

An earlier version of this story said the teenager was hit by the suspect's vehicle, according to DEA agents at the scene. It has been updated to reflect the DEA's official press release of the incident.