CALEXICO — The California Highway Patrol is investigating an incident involving a U.S. Border Patrol agent who drove over two men hiding in heavy brush south of Carr Road.
The men, identified as Jaime Rodriguez, 41, and Jorge River Arrojo, 31, suffered unspecified major injuries Wednesday when the border agent, identified by Highway Patrol Sgt. Terry Brollini as Michael Mendez, drove a Chevrolet Tahoe through some heavy brush.
Highway Patrol authorities said the men were hiding in the brush.
Border Patrol agents spotted the men illegally entering the United States in the area of Barbara Worth Road and Carr Road along the border fence, Highway Patrol Officer Jose Serrano said in a press statement, which did not name Mendez.
The agent was dispatched to the scene at 5:34 p.m. and drove his Chevrolet Tahoe through the brush at 5 mph to 10 mph in search of the suspects, Serrano said. The agent pulled over to look for additional footprints in the sand and heard moaning coming from the rear of his vehicle, where he found the injured men, Serrano said.
A call for medical aid was made and the Highway Patrol was alerted. Both Rodriquez, of Hollister, and Arrojo, whose city of residence was not known, were flown to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Desert.
Rodriguez was listed in fair condition. Arrojo’s condition was not immediately known, said hospital spokesman Rich Ramhoff.
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