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American man arrested after illegally driving through Niagara Falls border

An American man was arrested on Wednesday after failing to stop at the Niagara Falls border and "unlawfully" entering Canada, precipitating an impromptu police chase.

At about 2:00 p.m., New York resident Harpreet Singh sped across the border and into the country without stopping for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers.

Police officers chased the vehicle, which was driving "erratically," through the city of Niagara Falls, and ultimately managed to stop Singh after a collision that damaged the police cruiser.

One officer was forced to use a taser, and police report that one officer sustained minor injuries during the course of the arrest.

Singh was transported to a hospital nearby, where he proceeded to bite a nurse, who sustained minor injuries.

Police report that a quantity of suspected Oxycodone and Hydrocodone was found in Singh's possession at the time of his arrest, and he is being charged with operation while impaired.

The driver is now facing seven charges, which include:

  • Operation while impaired
  • Dangerous operation
  • Flight from police officer
  • Assault peace officer with intent to resist arrest
  • Mischief under $5,000
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Assault

Singh will appear at court later today in Niagara Falls.

Police estimate that the cost of damage to the cruiser is about $7,000, while the cost of damage to the window cage (which Singh kicked while inside the vehicle) is about $1,000.

Lead photo by

Katie and Ray

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