Crime

Southbound lanes at Blaine truck crossing closed after car chase

A car sits at the U.S.-Canada border crossing in Blaine, Wash., after officials flattened its tires as the driver illegally crossed into Canada, then tried to re-enter Washington state.
A car sits at the U.S.-Canada border crossing in Blaine, Wash., after officials flattened its tires as the driver illegally crossed into Canada, then tried to re-enter Washington state.

Southbound lanes heading into Whatcom County at the Pacific Highway border crossing were closed for about an hour Tuesday afternoon, July 5, 2016, after a driver illegally crossed the border, then tried to re-enter the U.S.

The black VW Jetta failed to stop and went through the border from the U.S. into Canada at the Blaine truck crossing at about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to Surrey RCMP. Canadian officials also said the suspect in the car allegedly had a gun.

RCMP officers chased the car into South Surrey when the driver then doubled back and tried to re-enter Washington through the southbound border crossing. The car was stopped just inside the U.S. when officers rammed the car and flattened its tires.

The driver, who has not yet been identified, was taken into custody without incident by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

There were no reports of any injuries. No gun was recovered.

Jason Givens, spokesman for Customs and Border Protection in the Northwest, confirmed that a car went through the border into Canada and was stopped at the southbound border crossing. He said the affected car lanes reopened about an hour after the incident.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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