Jeep gets stuck on top of border fence; suspected smugglers flee

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Suspected smugglers tried to drive a Jeep over a 14-foot-high border fence using a makeshift ramp. By Jennifer Thomas Suspected smugglers tried to drive a Jeep over a 14-foot-high border fence using a makeshift ramp. By Jennifer Thomas
Suspected smugglers tried to drive a Jeep over a 14-foot-high border fence using a makeshift ramp. By Jennifer Thomas Suspected smugglers tried to drive a Jeep over a 14-foot-high border fence using a makeshift ramp. By Jennifer Thomas

YUMA, Ariz. -- Suspected smugglers tried to drive a Jeep over a 14-foot-high border fence using a makeshift ramp early Tuesday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Station were patrolling in the Imperial Sand Dunes area just after midnight when they saw the silver Jeep Cherokee attempting to drive over the International Boundary fence.

When the vehicle made it to the top of the ramp, it became "high centered" and got stuck. The two suspects fled into Mexico.

After removing the Jeep from the fence, agents seized both the vehicle and the ramp.

Officials didn't say if the suspects were trying to smuggle drugs or illegal immigrants into Arizona.