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Suspicious vehicle, person at NAVWAR facility in Midway District leads to road closures

Posted at 8:13 AM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 15:03:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Several streets in the Midway District were closed Wednesday morning after an incident at a Naval facility involving a suspicious vehicle and driver trying to enter the grounds.

Officials said an unknown individual tried to gain entry at the main gate of Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Complex at 4301 Pacific Highway at around 6 a.m.

According to facility officials, the person did not have proper credentials to enter the complex and was “showing mental disturbance” when met by security officers.

Security officers noticed the vehicle “had strange wires from the engine compartment to the passenger compartment and in the passenger compartment.”

The discovery prompted security to contact a bomb squad and Naval investigators.

The facility, which houses Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR; formerly known as SPAWAR), was put into a shelter-in-place mode during the investigation.

The investigation also prompted San Diego police to advise the public of traffic control on Pacific Highway. Police closed the following streets during the incident:

-- Southbound Pacific Highway at Kurtz Street
-- Northbound Pacific Highway at Barnett Avenue
-- Eastbound Enterprise Street at Jessop Lane

By 8 a.m., the facility's shelter-in-place was lifted, and all streets were reopened.

The driver was taken into SDPD custody and taken to a county mental health facility for treatment and evaluation.