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Vehicle rolls over after fleeing from Border Patrol agents

BLYTHE, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - A vehicle with two undocumented immigrants rolled over after fleeing from Border Patrol agents on Interstate 10.

U.S. Border Patrol said the incident happened Wednesday around 11:30 a.m. Agents said they pulled a Honda Pilot over traveling westbound on 1-10 near Blythe.

The vehicle's driver initially yielded to the side of the road, but when agents exited their vehicle to approach him, he sped away.

Agents attempted to locate the vehicle when they found the Honda that had crashed a short distance from the initial stop. Investigations revealed the driver attempted to turn around in the median but rolled over.

Paramedics transported both men to the hospital for further evaluation. Only one suffered minor injuries. Agents say both Mexican nationals were illegally present in the U.S.

Immigration / Yuma County
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Mercedes Martinez

Mercedes Martinez joined the KSWT team as anchor/producer in October 2020. You can catch her on 13 On Your Side at 4:00pm.

Mercedes was born in San Diego and raised in the border-town of Calexico, California. She is an Imperial Valley native and definitely no stranger to Yuma county.

Mercedes began her journalism career at San Jose State University as she was a part of their campus newscast that aired every Friday, joined “El Espartano Noticias,” and was an on-air talent for the San Jose Film Festival in 2017. Her highlight during that time was the opportunity to interview actress, Jane Lynch.

Mercedes then continued her journey to CSU Sacramento and received her B.A in Journalism and minor in Communication Studies. She did an internship with Telemundo in Sacramento, which allowed her to gain experience and build relationships.

Mercedes believes that everyone has a story and should use their voice to tell it and inspire others.

Outside of work, Mercedes spends time with her friends and family. She is passionate about cooking, baking, traveling, playing guitar and writing songs.

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