An Anaheim man led the California Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase through the Imperial Valley on Thursday and thought he had avoided arrest by fleeing into Mexicali.
Mexican authorities took into custody driver Carlos Munguia Garcia, 42, and a passenger in his van, although Highway Patrol officials were unsure why Mexican authorities apprehended the two or which U.S. agency notified them of the chase. The name of the passenger was unknown to local authorities.
The incident began around 4 p.m. when a white van traveling east on Interstate 8 east of the Highline Canal at speeds in excess of 100 mph was stopped by a Highway Patrol officer.
After making contact with Garcia, the officer returned to his patrol car and started to write a citation.
According to a press release, the officer suspected both the driver and the passenger were undocumented immigrants.
When the officer asked for a driver's license, Garcia had no identification. He told the officer his name, and when the officer looked up the name it was listed with an Anaheim address.