Manitoba man barrels through U.S. border in wrong direction

A Manitoba man is facing a fine of up to $10,000 US after driving into the United States near Fort Frances, Ont., without stopping for a customs inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say.

Accused was intoxicated and driving into oncoming traffic, U.S. officials say

Manitoba man could be fined more than $10,000 US for driving through the U.S. border without stopping. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

A Manitoba man is facing fines and the possible loss of his truck after driving into the United States near Fort Frances, Ont., without stopping for a customs inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say.

The man, 58, from Benyks Point, Man. was intoxicated and driving in the wrong lane and into oncoming traffic, the U.S. officials said. The incident happened at the International Falls, Minn., port of entry at about 2:45 p.m. on Aug. 11.

Border agents followed the man for almost a kilometre south of the port of entry until he stopped. International Falls police arrested the man for driving under the influence, while the border patrol seized his pickup truck.

The man faces a fine for port running of between $5,000 US and up to $10,000 US and possible permanent seizure of his truck. The U.S. border officials say he might also face criminal prosecution.