A drunken driving suspect in a hit-and-run crash that severely injured a 6-year-old boy in San Ysidro over the weekend had been deported from the U.S. at least 15 times, authorities said Tuesday.
Constantino Banda-Acosta, 38, was last deported Jan. 18, with at least 14 prior cases since 2002, federal authorities said.
Banda-Acosta is accused of speeding west on Camino de La Plaza, running a stop sign at Dairy Mart Road and slamming his pickup into a Honda Accord about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The pickup driver did not stop.
Banda-Acosta, a Mexican citizen, was arrested about half an hour later, San Diego policeand the U.S. Border Patrol said.
San Diego is not a self-declared sanctuary city, so intends to release the gentleman to ICE for deportation after he's served whatever sentence is imposed. I think this catch-and-release program is ill-advised.