Man dies on highway after fleeing Border Patrol agent

SAN DIEGO - A man was struck and killed by a car on a highway after running away from a Border Patrol agent during an arrest, a spokesman for the agency said Thursday.

The man, whose name was not released, was handcuffed and fell as he tried to run through traffic on Interstate 5 Wednesday night near the U.S.-Mexico border, spokesman Roy Villareal said.

Moments earlier, Border Patrol agents began chasing two men after they ran northbound in the southbound lane of the U.S.-Mexico border crossing at San Diego. An agent caught up with one of them in an area of brush along the side of the highway and a ''small scuffle'' ensued, Villareal said.

As the agent led him to his patrol vehicle, the man broke free and ran into traffic, he said. The other suspected illegal immigrant escaped. The California Highway Patrol and the Border Patrol's critical incident team is investigating the incident.

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