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Border Patrol agent hit during arrest, second agent nearly run over by alleged smuggler last week

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was hit during an altercation with a Guatemalan man and another agent was nearly struck a car during two separate incidents in Southern Arizona last week, authorities said. 

The two incidents occurred in a 24-hour period, beginning with an incident last Thursday evening near Lukeville, Ariz. When agents went to take a 24-year-old Guatemalan man into custody, he "grew combative" and struck one of the agents, said a spokesman with Tucson Sector Border Patrol. 

The agent sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by a Border Patrol emergency medical technician, the spokesman said. 

The man, who was identified only by his age and nationality, will face federal assault charges, and will be processed for immigration violations, the spokesman said. 

Friday afternoon, a Tucson Sector agent was nearly struck by a driver attempting to evade arrest near Whetstone, an unincorporated area at the intersection of Highway 90 and Highway 82 in Cochise County about 50 miles southeast of Tucson. 

A 22-year-old Phoenix man wanted for human smuggling attempted to flee, and "narrowly missed" the federal agent, running into his truck instead. 

Along with the driver, two passengers were also arrested, including a U.S. citizen and a immigrant in the country without authorization, he said. 

The driver will be prosecuted for federal assault charges, as well as charges of human smuggling in Cochise County, the spokesman said. 

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A Border Patrol vehicle near the U.S.-Mexico border south of Sierra Vista, Arizona.