September 5, 2007
EAST COUNTY: A woman in a car carrying 186 pounds of marijuana stabbed a Border Patrol agent in the leg while trying to get away yesterday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official said.
The agent disarmed the woman and detained her until other agents arrived. He was taken to a hospital and later was reported in good condition, a border official said.
The incident began about 11:50 a.m., when agents got a tip that people were loading something into the trunk of a Chevrolet Impala near Tierra del Sol, off state Route 94 in Campo.
Agents tried to pull over the driver, then used a spike strip to flatten the tires and halt the car on Route 94 west of Buckman Springs Road. The driver jumped out and ran, but the female passenger allegedly used a pocketknife with a 3-inch blade to stab an agent in the left thigh. Agents found marijuana in the trunk, caught the driver and arrested him and the woman. –P.R.