Just days after Canadian officials ruled to deport Randy Quaid, declaring he would have to leave the country by Wednesday, it would seem that he took their ruling to heart and attempted to get back into the United States with his lady love. This did not work out well.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained the Quaids at the Vermont port of entry at about 8 p.m. Friday after determining they were fugitives from justice and subject to extradition, State Police said. They were taken into custody by troopers, and a judge set bail at $500,000 each. Randy Quaid was being held at the North West State Correctional Center and Evi Quaid at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. They are expected to be arraigned in Vermont on Monday, according to a county prosecutor.
Attempts to reach a current attorney for the Quaids were unsuccessful early Saturday.
Randy Quaid’s bid for permanent residency in Canada was denied in 2012, and it can take years for deportation to follow. He was arrested in Montreal in May after becoming the subject of a nationwide arrest warrant when he stopped checking in with border authorities. He later apologized and was released, with the requirement to check in every two weeks.
The actor and his Canadian wife fled the U.S. in 2010, saying they were victims of persecution. Quaid said he was being hunted by “Hollywood star-whackers” who killed his friends David Carradine and Heath Ledger.
Both still have outstanding charges against them in Santa Barbara related to an intial tresspassing and vandalism charge that has now morphed into a felony charge for skipping out on a scheduled court date while on bail. The prosecution has stated they will seek extradition of the couple.