San Diego County deputy arrested for driving car by way of gate of army base, officers say

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A San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of driving beneath the affect after he drove by way of the principle gate of a army base Friday night time with out stopping, the sheriff’s division mentioned. The incident occurred at Naval Base Coronado. 

Sgt. Michael Cruz, who has been working for the sheriff’s division since 2006, was off-duty on the time of the incident, the sheriff’s division reported in a information launch.

Cruz has been positioned on administrative depart, the sheriff’s division mentioned, whereas the Coronado Police Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service examine the incident.     

Naval Base Coronado was placed on lockdown Friday night time after the car went by way of the power’s primary gate with out stopping, a army spokesperson mentioned.

Naval Base Coronado spokesperson Kevin Dixon told KNSD-TV

 that the motive force was taken into custody by base guards after the “gate runner” drove with out stopping by way of the doorway of Naval Air Station North Island, a part of Naval Base Coronado.

Several patrol automobiles surrounded the doorway close to third Street and Alameda Boulevard in Coronado round 10:30 p.m., KNSD-TV reported.

Multiple gates on the air station close to San Diego had been closed whereas safety personnel checked the power, Dixon mentioned.

A submit on the Facebook web page of Naval Base Coronado early Saturday morning mentioned, “The main gate at Naval Air Station North Island is currently closed due to a security incident. Please stay away from the main gate while security conducts its investigation.”

Later that morning, another Facebook post read

, “Gate 2 (Carrier Gate) is now open for inbound and outbound vehicle traffic. The outbound main gate at 4th Street is open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The main gate inbound remains closed due to security activity.”

Naval Air Station North Island is certainly one of eight U.S. army installations that make up Naval Base Coronado.

In February 2022, a motorist was discovered with bomb-making supplies on the identical gate on the bottom. The supplies weren’t assembled into a tool and the motive force was detained for questioning, the bottom mentioned on the time.


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