This story is confusing on several points:
1. Waiting for clearance. We cross the border almost every year on our side of North America. Both ways you will be talking to an official on the phone
who will tell you during the same conversation whether you are cleared to enter or not. Both sides can tell you to go to or stay in a certain port to be boarded for inspection
, but I have never seen this happen.
How did he get drunk waiting for clearance on a 5 minute phone
2. If he landed, got drunk, and then called for clearance I would have to say he invited a problem. Border control people on both sides are friendly, but tend to be low on sense of humor
. If someone says to them "I'm not leaving--come get me." How can the arrest be surprising?
3. Once in custody I feel the US authorities overdid it, but then the Canadian newspaper does not give their side of it.
In these post-911 days it is best to understand the rules and to follow them.