By Steve Neavling
A Border Patrol agent was nearly struck by a car driven by a suspected smuggler at a checkpoint, narrowly escaping serious injury at a checkpoint near Casa Grande, Ariz.
Cass Grande Dispatch reports that a Dodge pickup truck refused to pull over and accelerated at the agent.
The agent deployed a strike strip and narrowly evaded the oncoming truck. With flat tires, the truck continued for about 30 minutes until a second spike strip was deployed and successfully stopped the vehicle.
The suspect is in custody.
“The agent showed incredible fortitude, maintaining the presence of mind to deploy spike strips in an attempt to prevent the driver from inflicting harm to others,” said Tucson Sector Chief Paul Beeson. “The agent’s quick thinking and composure reinforces the importance of utilizing safe tactics and the necessity for our agents to remain vigilant at all times.”