Entry into country questioned

Vernon RCMP question how American suspect allowed entry into Canada

Vernon RCMP will be checking with Canadian border officials about the entry into the country of an American citizen stopped by officers Monday morning.

Shortly before 3 a.m., a Vernon RCMP officer did a traffic stop on a white Ford.

“The driver told the constable that he was an American citizen with an Oregon state driver’s licence,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“He identified himself as a 29-year-old, provided a name and said he lived in Portland, Ore.”

It was while speaking with the man that the police officer noticed an odour of liquor coming from the car, and asked the driver to step out of the vehicle.

A roadside screening device demand was read, but the suspect refused to comply, and was arrested for refusal of a breath sample demand.

“He was searched and identification with a name different than was provided to police was located,” said Molendyk.

“The man was chartered and warned for the screening device refusal and obstruction.”

The man was taken to Vernon police cells and was slated to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Monday.

Police said they would be checking with border officials about the man’s entry into Canada.