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Man arrested in illegal border crossing

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 54-year-old man was arrested near Chicken after apparently walking more than 100 miles from Dawson City, Yukon.

Terry Chandler planned to walk into Alaska across a closed border post via the Top of the World Highway, according to Alaska State Troopers. Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Dawson City notified U.S. border inspectors last week, saying Chandler had given them the name of a deceased Canadian.

The U.S.-Canadian border at Poker Creek, 65 miles west of Dawson City, is closed for the winter. Inspectors have patrolled the Taylor Highway as part of heightened security measures since the terrorist attacks, said Robert Eddy, Alaska director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

On Thursday, inspectors found Chandler walking on the highway near Mile 73, seven miles north of Chicken.

There was a warrant out on Chandler from the North Slope Borough, so inspectors placed him under arrest, and drove him to the troopers post in Tok. The warrant charges Chandler with a probation violation, according to troopers.



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