Police chase to U.S. border at Lansdowne

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LANSDOWNE – A Kingston, Ont. man is facing a slew of charges after an O.P.P. chase that ended with American authorities arresting the accused at the border.

Leeds County O.P.P. officers attempted to stop a driver on Highway 401 just before 4 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 23 after receiving a complaint.

The driver refused to stop and led police on a pursuit that headed off the MacDonald-Cartier Freeway and then went south on Highway 137 toward the Canada-U.S. border at Hill Island.

The vehicle ended up crashing into a cement barrier after blowing through the U.S. port of entry.

The man tried to run away but was nabbed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. officers.

A 40-year-old Kingston man is facing criminal charges including dangerous driving, flight from police, three counts of breach of recognizance. He is also facing Highway Traffic Act charges of driving while under suspension, using licence plates not authorized for the vehicle being driven and no insurance.

He was held for a bail hearing in a Brockville, Ont. court on Dec. 23.

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