Pembina, N.D. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pembina, N.D. port of entry arrested an individual for driving under the influence and levied a civil penalty against the subject for failing to stop for inspection at the Pembina border crossing.
The incident occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Sept. 22 when an Oldsmobile Bravada driven by a 47-year-old U.S. citizen from Breckenridge, Minn. was spotted traveling southbound from Canada on Interstate 29 in the northbound lanes of travel against on-coming vehicle traffic. The Bravada eventually crossed through the ditch and returned back onto the interstate in the southbound lane.
CBP officers spotted the vehicle going southbound against traffic and immediately followed the SUV. The driver eventually stopped and pulled over approximately three miles south of the Pembina port of entry when she realized she was being followed. The lone vehicle occupant and vehicle were returned to the Pembina port of entry.
The subject's vehicle was seized and a civil penalty was accessed for failing to present the vehicle and all persons and merchandise on board, for inspection. The driver was then turned over to the North Dakota State Patrol and arrested for driving under the influence.
"The quick action of the CBP officers involved prevented a possible life-threatening accident. Those individuals that attempt to avoid the inspection process will be dealt with in accordance to CBP laws and regulations," said Pembina Assistant Area Port Director Mary Delaquis.
Travelers who engage in "port running" face serious consequences for their actions, including both civil and criminal penalties. A civil penalty of at least $5,000 and up to $10,000 may be levied, the vehicle may be seized, and individuals may also face criminal prosecution.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.