Vancouver police report security breach at Olympics opening

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 18, 2010 03:50

VANCOUVER, British Columbia- A man using false accreditation was able to get within several meters of US Vice President Joe Biden before being arrested at the Olympics' opening ceremony, Canadian police said Wednesday.

Cpl. Joe Taplin, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer serving with the Olympics security task force, said the man was stopped when he got about 12 rows from where Biden was sitting in a specially protected VIP section in BC Place Stadium.

The unarmed man was escorted into a hallway, tried to flee, and then was apprehended again, said Taplin, who added Biden was not in danger at any time.

The man, whose name has not been released, was turned over the Vancouver Police Department.


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