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Police: Man mistakenly drives into Canada, arrested on gun charges on way back across Peace Bridge

A Nebraska man who mistakenly drove into Canada was arrested on felony gun charges on his way back, the New York State Police announced Monday.

Skyler R. Kruse, 33, of Omaha, declared to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers that he had a loaded semi-automatic pistol upon returning to the United States at the Peace Bridge Plaza Friday, troopers said. Officials said that Kruse had documentation of a firearm being legally purchased and registered in Nebraska, but since he did not have a New York State Pistol Permit, he was taken into custody and processed.

Police said Kruse "mistakenly drove into Canada," and returned to the U.S. just before 6:30 p.m. Friday. Police said Kruse declared possession of his 9mm Springfield XD9 semi-automatic pistol, which was loaded with a 16 round magazine; he also had an unloaded 16-round magazine in the vehicle.

Kruse was processed at the Buffalo State Police office and faces felony charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon (a loaded firearm) as well as two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon (high capacity ammunition device).

Kruse was transported to the City of Buffalo Police Central Booking and held for arraignment.

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