A 21-year-old Canadian man has been charged with impeding and interfering with a federal officer Monday after nearly running down a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent with a stolen minivan at the Peace Arch border crossing.
Customs spokesperson Mike Milne said at about 11:50 a.m. on Friday, July 9, agents at the Peace Arch border crossing ordered Trevor Doyle out of the 1991 Plymouth Voyager he was driving. When Doyle refused and sped off, an agent fired two shots at the vehicle.
The charges carry up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
“The driver dangerously accelerated the vehicle southbound, creating a life-threatening situation for CBP officers and travelers,” he said. “One officer fired his service weapon at the vehicle due to apparent imminent danger to the public.”
There were no injuries to CBP officers, Doyle or the general public, Milne said.
According to charging documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Seattle, Doyle told investigators he recently had been released from a Canadian jail on a charge for vehicle theft and had gotten lost while trying to travel to White Rock.
Instead, Doyle ended up in the Peace Arch border crossing’s NEXUS lane and was not interested in talking with border agents because he did not have a driver’s license or a NEXUS pass. Doyle then sped through several orange barrier barrels and nearly hit another van traveling southbound.
He was later apprehended near Sweet Road in Blaine after allegedly pounding on the door of a resident and asking her for a ride out of town, said Doy Noblitt, a spokesperson for CBP’s Blaine sector.
When the resident did not respond, he left his minivan parked outside her house and ran away, Noblitt said.
Border agents responded with a helicopter from their air and marine division and were able to direct agents on the ground to where the man was hiding.
Doyle later told investigators that he could understand why the CBP officer fired his gun and that he would have done the same thing if he were in his shoes. He said that he and the officer were now “even.”
“He could have killed me and I could have killed him,” he said.
Doyle is currently being held in a federal detention center in Seattle, said Emily Langlie, a spokesperson for the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.