Roosville Border Crossing, west of Fernie. (Google Maps photo)

Roosville Border Crossing, west of Fernie. (Google Maps photo)

Man sparks police chase after failing to stop at Canadian border in Kootenays

Loaded hand gun found in vehicle after arrest; eight charges laid

A California man is facing charges after allegedly failing to stop at the U.S.-Canadian border near Fernie with a handgun in his vehicle.

According to police, the incident happened on July 9 at the Roosville border. The driver was heading into Canada.

After failing to stop at the border, the vehicle – a blue Nissan Altima with California plates – was located by Elk Valley RCMP travelling east along Highway 3, just pas the Village of Elko.

Police say a traffic stop was attempted, but the driver fled sparking a police chase over two kilometres.

The highway was shut down briefly before the driver was arrested.

During a vehicle search, police say a loaded handgun was found in the foot-well area of the driver’s seat.

Scott Panerio, 37, of Stockton, California, faces eight charges, including flight from police, importing a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm, as well as contraventions of the Customs Act.

He remains in police custody awaiting his next court appearance.

Elk Valley RCMP believe this was a isolated incident and there is no further risk to the public.

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