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Chase ends with Tucsonan driving into concrete barrier

Citizen Staff Writer
Law and Order Report



A high-speed chase over the weekend ended when the speeding motorist plowed into a concrete barrier at the Douglas Port of Entry and was taken into custody by U.S. Customs officers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news statement.

The man, who had been fleeing Douglas police, was turned over to that agency’s officers, the Customs agency said.

He is a 19-year-old Tucsonan, the statement said, adding he sustained no serious injuries and refused medical treatment.

Customs did not name the teen and Douglas police spokesman, Officer Mark Gonzalez was not available for comment.

The incident occurred about 7 p.m. Saturday as the man tried to get away from police officers, driving through Douglas at high speed and heading toward the port of entry in an effort to make it into Mexico, Customs said.

The man lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a barrier, Customs said in the statement.

Customs officers already had been warned of the man’s approach and had cleared other motorists and bystanders from the area, resulting in no injuries to innocent people or Customs officers, the news statement said.

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