Jail for Canadian who fled border checkpoint

SEATTLE (BestGrowthStock) – A Canadian man who was shot at by a U.S. border inspector after running a checkpoint in a stolen minivan was sentenced to 15 months in jail on Friday, authorities said.

Trevor Doyle, 22, pleaded guilty in September to one count of impeding and interfering with federal officers and one count of flight from an immigration checkpoint, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in a news release.

Doyle was driving a stolen minivan southbound through a checkpoint at Blaine, in Washington state, last July. He failed to produce identification and refused to turn off the vehicle’s engine when challenged by inspectors.

He then accelerated away from the checkpoint, knocking over several orange barrels and swerving to avoid another vehicle. He narrowly missed an inspector who fired two shots at him in self defense, but missed.

Doyle was caught a few minutes later hiding in bushes after abandoning the minivan.

The Customs inspector who shot at his vehicle sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital, but has since returned to work.

(Writing by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Jerry Norton)

Jail for Canadian who fled border checkpoint