P.E.I. man arrested for entering the U.S. illegally

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 1, 2016

P.E.I. man arrested for entering the U.S. illegally

A 40-year-old P.E.I. man was arrested earlier this month for illegally entering the United States.

Scott Frederick Gallant was arrested Feb. 2 at a truck stop in Maine.

The arrest is the result of information from the RCMP and the United States Customs and Border Protection Houlton port of entry that Gallant was believed to be fleeing Canada to avoid pending assault charges.

Information was reportedly relayed to American officials that Gallant might cross the border near Houlton and be picked up by his mother, who has not been charged, driving a champagne-coloured Dodge Journey.

U.S. Border Patrol Agents followed the vehicle driven by a woman with three juvenile passengers for more than two hours until she drove into the parking lot of Dysart's Truck Stop in Hermon.

Gallant was arrested and taken to the Houlton Border Patrol Station for processing.

He has since been returned to P.E.I. and is in custody.

Gallant is scheduled to appear in court March 7 to answer to charges of assault, uttering a threat and being unlawfully in a dwelling house — charges all stemming from an incident on Nov. 3, 2015.