This is a scary story that makes you wonder whether you should take a map along while jogging near a border.
A French woman got the shock of her life after accidentally jogging into US from Canada where she went to visit her mother.
Cedella Roman, a 19-year-old was visiting her mother in North Delta, British Columbia, Canada when she decided to go for an evening run on the coast of White Rock, in Western Canada, which was near US-Canadian border. That ended up a bad idea.
Cedella was admiring the beautiful scenery and was even taking selfies not knowing she had strayed across the border into US. She only realized this when two US Customs and Border Protection Officers stopped her and began to question her.
She said she taught they were just going to warn her or fine her but they ended up taking her to a detention center in Washington, about 140 miles from where they arrested her. She spent two weeks there before US and Canadian immigration services agreed she should be sent back to Canada.
“An officer stopped me and started telling me I had crossed the border illegally,” the 19-year-old French woman told CBC News. “I told him I had not done it on purpose, and that I didn’t understand what was happening.”
“They asked me to remove all my personal belongings with my jewelry. They searched me everywhere,” Cedella recalled. “Then I understood it was getting very serious, and I started to cry a bit.”
The French jogger was arrested by the border patrol on May 21, and subsequently transferred to the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The next day, she was put into a “caged vehicle” and taken to the Northwest Detention Center, in Tacoma, Wahington, about 140 miles south of where she was arrested. Cedella remained there until June 5, when she was taken back to the border “and removed to Canada,” according to ICE spokesperson Carissa Cutrell.
What a harsh way to learn that crossing into US illegally even if it was by mistake, carried serious penalties.