Deputies assist CBP in stopping vehicle illegally crossing at Eureka

Correction: A subsequent press release issued by the District of Montana U.S. Attorney’s Office indicates that this incident occurred Saturday, January 23, rather than Monday, January 25, as initially reported. I have corrected and regret the error. ~ Mike Weland, Publisher

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eureka Border Patrol Station attempted to stop a vehicle Saturday suspected of transporting persons who illegally crossed the US/Canadian Border.

Border Patrol agents were alerted to suspicious activity near the border Monday afternoon and an agent encountered a vehicle leaving the border area and saw three suspects in the vehicle matching the descriptions of those reported to have illegally crossed the border.

The agent attempted to stop the suspect vehicle but the driver failed to yield and took off at a high rate of speed. Border Patrol provided the Lincoln and Flathead Sheriff’s Departments with a description of the vehicle and deputies from both departments responded and engaged in a vehicle pursuit that ended in Whitefish.

The suspect vehicle was stopped using a controlled tire deflation device and the suspects were arrested without further incident.

Spokane Sector is working with the US Attorney’s Office in the District of Montana to pursue criminal charges and fines.

“Spokane Sector is committed to apprehending those who try to circumvent our ports of entry,” stated Acting Chief Patrol Agent David BeMiller. “Thank you to the Lincoln and Flathead County Sheriff’s Departments and all the other agencies that assisted the US Border Patrol during this pursuit in our mission to keep our communities safe.”