U.S. Border Patrol Pursuit Leads to Crash in Nestor

Driver who was T-boned by suspects on the run says he was happy to help Border Patrol agents end the pursuit

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    An image captured west of I-5 on Tocayo Avenue.

    Two vehicles collided Monday during the pursuit of suspected drug dealers near the U.S.-Mexico border officials said.

    The crash happened around 10 a.m. Monday west of Interstate 5 at the end of westbound Interstate 905.

    According to Gabe Pacheco with the National Border Patrol Council, agents got a tip that two men traveling in a gray Honda Civic were dealing drugs.

    The agents began a pursuit near Caliente Avenue and eastbound I-905 and attempted to stop the vehicle.

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    A San Ysidro man is lucky to be alive after he was broad-sided during a Border Patrol traffic pursuit.

    At Beyer Boulevard, the suspect vehicle exited the freeway and drove through a guard rail at a trolley stop.

    The suspects then drove to the intersection of near Oro Vista Road and Tocayo Avenue where the Civic T-boned a Nissan Sentra.

    The man driving the Civic and his male passenger bashed their heads into the windshield of the car. Even so, officials said the men got out and ran on foot into a nearby residential area.

    Border Patrol agents managed to capture the two men and transport them to a nearby hospital with injuries from the crash.

    Agents say they found methamphetamine on the driver. The passenger was on parole officials said. They will face multiple felony charges including fleeing the scene of an accident.

    Sean Peralta was driving his Nissan Sentra when it got caught up in the pursuit. He was not injured in the crash but his car did need to be towed.

    He said he feels "lucky it was not worse. But glad I could help and shorten the pursuit for Border Patrol."

    Peralta, 35, said he felt fine but may be heading to the chiropractor to be checked later today.

    Officials initially told NBC 7 that a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle was involved in the traffic collision. Pacheco said the agents’ vehicles were involved only in the pursuit and not the collision.

    Officials closed the intersection to traffic along with the intersection at Iris Avenue and Howard Avenue on the east side of Interstate 5 and north of Interstate 905.