I'm a Canadian, live in BC, and I frequently travel to the US for work, vacations, and for 9 years ('06-'15) - to Club Race/win track days. I'll be a brief as possible and put this in bullet point form to not write a damn novel but here's what happened to me last summer: - a group of 5 middle aged buddies (one's a local traffic cop) and I rode our street bikes down late May to cross WA State and ride 5-6 days in OR State. - Day 1 after lunch we were riding in 3 groups of 2 - roughly 6-7 minutes apart from each other. I was just ahead of a friend in the middle group. - We were seemingly in the middle of nowhere on Highway #20 crossing the State West to East - first time in this area for myself. - perfect riding conditions, mid-week, zero traffic - in a 60mph highway zone. - I rounded a downhill sweeper and passed an SUV Police vehicle that had it's lights on - we were going in opposite directions (his dash cam shows I was in the footage for 0.9 seconds before passing each other around the corner) - I slowed a little and continued on as I checked my mirror and he was out of sight already but kept an eye out in case he turned around and was behind me as I was speeding so thought there was an outside chance he might have hit his lights to warn me to slow down. I continued at the speed limit, checked my mirrors a couple times, nothing. - 1 minute later I legally overtook 2 cars then I go around a couple more corners and see signs for the town we were entering - "Welcome to Okanagon, slow to 25 mph..." - The group agreed to connect for a gas stop around this time so I rode into town looking for the 2 riders who were out front - didn't see em so pulled over just off Main St to wait for the three riders behind me to catch up. - I pulled over, took off my helmet and gloves and as I did a Sheriff car approaches from the East, pulls the nose of his car right up to me, exits the car after he hits the lights and pulls his gun on me (he's about 12' away at this point) and yells "Do not move or I will shoot you, DO YOU UNDERSTAND???" - I'm in full leathers with my arms stretched outward and hands up in the universal "I give up" pose, crapping my pants and say "I'm not going to move" to which he repeats his words 2-3 more times, each time I say back the same thing - "I AM NOT going to move officer". - He directs me to lay face down, cuffs me, then radios other cops our location and tell them he has me at gun point. - I ask what is happening and he says I'm being charged with Felony Evading Police as I didn't stop when I was signalled. - I tell him my side of the story (Who stops for an approaching emergency vehicle that already has it's lights on - nobody here does, you just pull over a tad to let them pass you safely when travelling in opposite directions as we were). - other cops arrive (cop who has flashing lights on stopped my other buddy to ask where I was, so he didn't catch up), they lie to me about my rights, force me to give a recorded statement, then bring me to County jail. - I'm booked in and put in a communal cell (concrete brick room with no windows, you are in the cell 24 hours a day, no TV/books, 1 phone, and a steel toilet to use in the middle of the room, no privacy, if you need to have a crap or shower right next to it) with 27 other career criminals and drug addicts and held for 48 hours until I'm released on bail and given over to Border guys who feel I need to be escorted out of the country. - Border guys take retina scans, more finger prints, and inform me that no matter what, from here on out, I'll have an "A" file and for the rest of my life even if the charges are dropped or reduced, I'll be under scrutiny and surveillance anytime I re-enter the U.S. as the new retina scanners are so amazing I'll be picked up in any building like an airport, border crossing, subway station, etc... and then followed the entire time they have eyes on me. Long story longer - I hire a lawyer, the whole ordeal costs me well over $20,000, I used all of my vacation time travelling down and back for court dates and lawyer visits, and I now have a conviction for a misdemeanour in the U.S. Prosecutor took one look at the dash cam footage, listened to my statement, read the police report, and immediately asked us to make a deal and plea it down from Felony to Misdemeanour which I agreed to ( I was speeding afterall and according to state law guilty of reckless driving (82mph in a 60 zone). In my sentencing hearing last month the Judge asked why I wasn't still being charged with a Felony and the Prosecutor told him exactly that - there's 6 criteria they need to prove, 1 of which is that I knowingly was evading the police and "running" and nothing about the evidence showed that - there was never a pursuit, I was apprehended in town while pulled over on main street - not exactly OJ in a Bronco running away. Guilty charge came with $1200 in fines and court fees, I had to do 40 hours community service work, and I was issued a 30 day drivers license suspension which is also valid here in BC. My buddy the Cop who was with us was almost in physical shock when I saw him in the courthouse the day after I was arrested and brought in for my arraignment in shackles, leg chains, and prison jumpsuit and saw the others who were up in front of a judge that day and I was sharing a cell with - murderers, a guy with 40 outstanding warrants and rape charges, etc... I'm 45, ZERO criminal record, NEVER charged with anything, NEVER seen a courtroom in my life, NEVER seen a prison in real life - squeaky clean as they say until that day. Not gonna lie, it was the most surreal scary thing I've ever gone through - walking into a cell with 27 guys surrounding you screaming "fresh meat" and telling me to "stick to my own kind"... My cop buddy said that 2 hours north in Canada it would have been a $376 fine for excessive speed and if I had priors or was mouthing off, maybe an impound - otherwise I'd have been on my way. This leaves me more than a little jaded about the US - I've never EVER had a gun pointed at my face and told that if I moved, I'd be shot. Call me a pussy or timid but that's something I would never have envisioned in my wildest dreams would happen, let alone for that "offence".