U.S. Citizen Illegally Hops Border, Flees RCMP

A United States citizen faces several charges after illegally crossing the border and fleeing from police.

The New Brunswick RCMP says a 40-year-old Rhode Island man was denied entry shortly after 5 a.m. on May 1 at the Woodstock-Houlton border crossing. After being denied, he illegally crossed the border in his vehicle.

Canada Border Services Agency officials tried stopping the man, but he sped off towards Woodstock.

Mounties found a vehicle that matched the description shortly after 8 a.m., speeding across Route 2, heading eastbound. The driver failed to stop despite several attempts from police, including the use of tire spikes.

The RCMP later arrested the man on a dead-end road in Memramcook.

One police officer was treated for minor injuries by paramedics on the scene.

Thomas Trask Jr., of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, faces three criminal charges, including flight from police, dangerous operation of a conveyance and resisting arrest.

Trask will undergo a 30-day psychiatric assessment before his next day in court on June 3.

An investigation remains ongoing.

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