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Border Patrol agent cited in hit-and-run caught on film

An off-duty Border Patrol agent from Sahuarita was cited and released Thursday night, hours after police released a photo of him apparently leaving the scene of a minor hit-and-run accident.

Ellis McKenzie-Morales, 30, was cited for leaving the scene of an accident after police received "multiple tips" from the public after photos taken by a witness were released to the public, according to a release. Police confirmed that McKenzie-Morales is a Border Patrol agent and was the driver of the vehicle. The passenger in the vehicle has not been identified.

The incident occurred March 1 at Duval Mine Road and Alpha Avenue, near Walmart.

A 76-year-old Green Valley woman was eastbound on Duval Mine Road when she was rear-ended by a newer-model gray Ford Fusion with two men in their 20s, police said.

The men talked with the woman for a few minutes, then covered their rear license plate and fled without giving her insurance information, he said. The men entered southbound Interstate 19 from Duval Mine Road.

A witness took photos of the men and the vehicle with a covered license plate and provided them to the police, Falquez said. The photos were released Thursday.

The woman was not hurt in the crash, which caused minor damage to the vehicles.

This story was first published by the Green Valley News.


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Mar 21, 2018, 6:29 pm
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This border patrol agent must be fired!!!
Hit and run, covered his license plate.
Unethical individual and should be banned from federal employment.

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A witness took this photo of two men in a car believed to have left a hit-and-run scene on March 1 in Sahuarita. Police have identified the driver as Ellis McKenzie-Morales.