Anchorage man sentenced for leading Canadian police on 250-mile Alaska Hwy. chase

AnchorageMay 13, 2013 

Jason Echeverri of Anchorage


An Anchorage man who blew past Canadian border guards on the Alaska Highway last year and then led the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on a 250-mile chase has been sentenced to time served and will be released this week after spending more than 7 months in a Yukon jail, reports CBC News. But he still faces charges of assaulting US border guards during his October escapade.

With credit for time served, Echeverri has another week to spend in jail in Yukon. There is no word on if the immigration department will seek to immediately deport Echeverri back to the United States, where he faces more serious charges. He is charged with assaulting two border guards and escaping custody.

At a sentencing hearing in Whitehorse this month, Echeverri apologized for endangering Alaska Highway drivers during the chase. The Whitehorse Daily Star reports that prosecutors sought a 3 1/2-year sentence and pointed out several minor infractions he committed while in jail: He participated in a short-lived jailhouse rebellion over not getting enough coffee with dinner and was caught in possession of banned contraband, including a homemade tattoo gun.



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