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Officials: Woman Found In Car Engine At Border

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers said they arrested a man for allegedly trying to smuggle a woman into the country by hiding her inside a car's engine compartment.

Officials said the discovery was made last Friday afternoon during a routine border security inspection at the downtown Calexico port of entry.

Customs officers said the driver, a 27-year-old resident of Mexicali, was stopped driving a beige, 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis.

Upon questioning, officers said the man appeared nervous. He was referred to undergo a secondary inspection. That's when CBP officers said they discovered what appeared to be a piece of wood under the front bumper.

Officers removed the grill and said they found a Chinese woman lying in a non-factory compartment of the engine. She was freed and transported to a local medical facility.


And from earlier this month... (Fly will love this one)

Florida Woman Injures 11 at DMV Office

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Deerfield Beach -- A woman leaving a Department of Motor Vehicles office where she went for a state-ordered driver's license retest accidentally plowed her car into the building Wednesday, slightly injuring several people, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Therese Smith, 80, of Boca Raton, was easing out of a parking spot in front of the office at 100 S. Military Trail about 4:30 p.m. when she stepped on the gas too hard, propelling her 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis over a concrete parking block, onto the sidewalk, through a metal parking sign and into the windows of the DMV office, said Sgt. Mark Wysocky, FHP spokesman.

Seven people who were in the office waiting room when the crash happened were taken to North Broward Medical Center with minor injuries, fire officials said. Four others also were hurt but did not need to be taken to the hospital, and Smith was not injured.

"People were injured from flying glass and from falling on other people," Wysocky said, adding that, luckily, no one was actually hit by the car.


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Can't say that I've ever seen a continental package on a Grand Marquis.

Then again, I've only been to Florida maybe 2 or 3 times in my life.

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Wow... Awsome. Gotta love those roomy BOF cars.

I guess that means we'll have to rework that Cadillac/Lawyer joke.

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It's not the greatest publicity, but those cars need all the help they can get... :P

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I wonder what kind of insurance they must pay down in Florida. The last time I was there, I nearly got hit by a Lincoln going the wrong way on a street in Ft. Lauderdale. The driver was about five years younger than God.

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