Man arrested after allegedly breaking into San Ysidro DMV office, spraying fire extinguisher

Posted at 6:20 AM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 15:02:16-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A man who police said broke into a San Ysidro DMV office Wednesday morning and sprayed a fire extinguisher inside was taken into custody.

Just after 6:30 a.m., a burglary alarm was set off at the DMV office in the 6100 block of Business Center Court. San Diego police and the California Highway Patrol -- because they provide security and law enforcement for state buildings and properties -- responded to the report.

Responding officers saw that a front glass door had been broken and spotted an unidentified man walking around inside the office, spraying a fire extinguisher. 

During the brief standoff, the man saw officers and sprayed the fire extinguisher towards them.

After about 30 minutes, the man eventually surrendered to officers without incident. No one else was inside the building at the time.

The man could face burglary and other charges pending an investigation, 10News learned. He is being evaluated for possible mental health issues.

A DMV official issued this statement to 10News:

The San Ysidro DMV field office remains closed to the public. Last night, the San Ysidro DMV office experienced an overnight break-in. There is considerable vandalism to the interior office walls and equipment.

The only two services being offered outside the building include drive tests for customers that had appointments. (Drive tests require appointments). The second service is vehicle verifications. Otherwise, the office remains closed to the public while the CHP and DMV investigators assess the situation. DMV staff has been deployed to nearby DMV offices in Chula Vista and San Diego Clairemont. There is no estimate time of reopening at this point.