Blaine guard won't say 'please,' sprays driver - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Blaine guard won't say 'please,' sprays driver

BLAINE, Wash. - A Canadian who asked a U.S. border inspector to say please got a face full of pepper spray instead.

The 54-year-old resident of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Desiderio Fortunato, says he thought the guard who told him to turn off his engine was rude and asked him to say please.

Fortunato told The Bellingham Herald he was stunned and blinded Monday as he was sprayed, pulled out of the car and handcuffed. He was detained about 3 hours.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Mike Milne in Seattle says it was a lawful order that travelers must obey. He says the use of force is under review. Fortunato crosses the border two or three times a week to visit his second home in Blaine and says inspectors are mostly courteous.

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