A man and a woman were seriously injured in a crash Thursday morning during a Border Patrol chase after agents used stud strips to deflate tires on a road east of Chula Vista, authorities said.
The incident happened around 9:15 a.m. when Border Patrol agents attempted to stop a car on Lake Otay Road on the northeastern edge of Lake Otay, according to Tekae Michael, the Border Patrol Special Operations Director.
In a statement, Michael said the woman driving the vehicle stopped briefly, allowing the four people to jump from the back seat of the car and flee. The driver then sped away and headed west towards Chula Vista, with the agents in hot pursuit.
Agents before the chase had placed spike bars in the road about a half-mile from where the chase began, and after driving over the spike bars, the driver lost control of the vehicle, Michael said.
Footage from OnScene TV shows the car eventually collapsed in some bushes on the road.
Agents helped rescue the driver and her passenger, a man, and called for medical attention, Michael said. Paramedics took the two to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Michael said both the driver and her passenger are U.S. citizens.
Agents searched the area with the help of helicopter crews but were unable to locate the four who escaped from the vehicle.