American border-runner sentenced to time served in Yukon
Jason Echeverri has been in jail since October arrest
An American man who blew through the Canadian border crossing at Beaver Creek, Yukon, last October was sentenced Friday to time served.
Jason Echeverri, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving and one count of entering Canada illegally.
He led police on a 264-kilometre chase, at one point driving over a spike belt laid out by officers. Both of his front tires were flattened by the belt, but he continued for another 16 kilometres before pulling over, with smoke from his rims trailing behind.
Echeverri then fled into the bush with police in hot pursuit. He escaped capture at that point, but was arrested several hours later without incident at Kluane Lake.
He was brought back to Whitehorse where he has been in custody ever since.
With credit for time served, Echeverri has another week to spend in jail in Yukon.
There is no word on if the immigration department will seek to immediately deport Echeverri back to the United States, where he faces more serious charges. He is charged with assaulting two border guards and escaping custody.