An American man will be spending the next 45 days in a Canadian jail after he tried to sneak across the border into New Brunswick.

Pennsylvania resident 33-year-old Richard Charles Gorman was denied entry into Canada at the border crossing in St. Stephen, N.B. Tuesday night.

Shortly after, Gorman drove his car across the border with the lights off and police were alerted to the incident.

Members of the Rothesay Regional Police Force spotted Gorman’s car and arrested him without incident just before midnight.

Gorman made a brief court appearance today, where he apologized for his actions and admitted he had made a bad decision.

He told the court he wanted to get to Moncton on a family matter.

Gorman has prior convictions in the United States for impaired driving and fraud.