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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Seattle man at Canada border allegedly tries to evade checkpoint

A Seattle man traveling to Canada without a passport tried to evade a Border Patrol inspection Thursday, was arrested and now faces criminal charges, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Mike Milne said.

Jason Lau, 42, allegedly turned back from the border after being refused entry to Canada at the Pacific Highway crossing. Returning to the U.S., he pulled up to a customs checkpoint at around 11:30 a.m., according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The officer who questioned him directed Lau to a secondary processing area to the right. Instead, Milne said, the man drove to the left, attempting to return to Interstate 5 without being questioned again.

Three Border Patrol and immigration officers chased him at full speed, and Lau pulled over after driving less than a mile, Milne said.

“He was combative, pushing and kicking officers,” Milne said.

Three officers subdued Lau and brought him back to the port for processing. Milne said. Lau faces federal charges of assault on a federal officer and high-speed chase from an immigration checkpoint. He was not found to have contraband material.

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