A 29 year old Anchorage man who sped past Canadian border guards on the Alaska Highway last year and then led the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on a long car chase, is back in U.S.
custody after spending more than seven months in a Yukon jail.
Shortly after completing jail time in Canada, Jason Echeverri was arrested at the Alcan border Tuesday afternoon by Alaska State Troopers and transported to the Fairbanks Correctional
Center on separate $50,000 and no-bail warrants.
Echeverri still faces charges in Alaska for assaulting U.S. border guards during his October escapade.
Stemming from a 2010 Felony Theft case out of Anchorage, Echeverri had court orders not to leave Alaska, when on October 2, 2012, after being turned back by Canadian authorities, and
waiting to be handed over to State Troopers, he overpowered U.S. officials at the Alaska Highway border crossing, retrieved his car keys and evaded Canadian Royal Mounted Police for 120
miles in the Yukon before he was apprehended.
At a sentencing hearing in Whitehorse earlier this month, Echeverri apologized for endangering Alaska Highway drivers during the chase.
Prosecutors in Canada had sought a 3 1/2-year sentence and pointed out several minor infractions he committed while in jail.
Authorities say Echeverri participated in a short-lived jailhouse rebellion over not getting enough coffee with dinner and was caught in possession of banned contraband, including a
homemade tattoo gun.
Echeverri was arraigned Wednesday in Fairbanks District Court on charges of Felony Escape, Assault, and Violating Conditions of his Probation.
His next court appearance is set for Tuesday, here in Fairbanks.