Surrey RCMP says it has now recovered a gun linked to a dramatic police chase this week that both started and ended at the gates of the Pacific Highway border crossing.
It happened just after 3pm Tuesday when a black Jetta sped across the border from the United States.
Heather Weis was waiting to cross the border when she heard a commotion three lanes over.
“The border guard jumped out in front of the car and he pulled his weapon out and he screamed at him ‘Stop, Stop, get out of the car and put your hands up. And he didn’t. He floored it and he took off.”
Not 20 minutes later, now back in Canada, Weis saw the car driving past her again pursued by a fleet of cruisers.
“It was almost surreal. He was like, totally cool with it.”
Callers to CKNW reported up to 20 police cruisers chasing a the Jetta south on 176th.
LISTEN: Eye witness describes seeing the chase begin, and then again in Surrey
Surrey RCMP’s Alana Dunlop says the pursuit lasted about half an hour, with the suspect ironically ending up right back where he started.
“We were called there and we followed the vehicle in South Surrey as he drove around. He continued to drive South, back towards the border, to the same one he’d just come through and was ultimately stopped just inside the united states.”
Police were able to stop him just inside the U.S. The driver, an American citizen, was arrested by U.S. police.
The crossing was closed for nearly two hours, while police officers could be seen searching the vehicle. It reopened to southbound traffic around five pm.
192nd street between 16th and 24th avenue was closed for several hours while mounties looked for evidence. Reports at the time indicated that the driver may have been seen throwing a gun and ammunition from the vehicle’s window.
After the incident, the Canadian Border Services Agency released a brief statement saying a vehicle “failed to report” at the northbound port of entry, and that the RCMP were taking over the case.