Baxter Reid and his girlfriend Heather Kancso were trying to cross the US border into Canada after a long, “exhausting” day.
However, their bad luck with car trouble turned into a nightmare when the Australian man was arrested for overstaying his visa for about an hour.
Kancso has told News.com.au for her anguish as the 26-year-old remains in a US detention centre more than a week after he was arrested on April 24.
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“It’s been 10 days and this is ridiculous,” the American hair stylist told News.com.au.
“The whole situation feels very surreal. I want this nightmare to be over.”
She told ABC Reid’s first court appearance has been scheduled for 10 May.
Kancso, who has returned to New York for work, said this is the longest time the pair have been apart after six months of living and travelling together.
“I would trade places with him in a heartbeat,” she told the news site.
“Baxter is one of the most amazing human beings. He’s happy and positive, and always there to help and always has a smile on his face.”