11/01/2012 08:18 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Love-lorn border jumper finds tough love, not romance, in cross-border jaunt

OSOYOOS, B.C. - Mounties in Osoyoos, B.C., say the actions of two U.S. men suggest that if love is blind, apparently it's not that smart, either.

The pair, and their dog, have been sent back to the United States after sparking a wild police chase through the southern Okanagan town.

It began at the Osoyoos border crossing, about 65 kilometres south of Penticton, when the two men were denied entry to Canada because of their past criminal records.

RCMP Cpl. Jason Bayda says the men were undeterred by their official rejection and decided to jump the border but, once spotted, led officers on a Hollywood-style chase through Osoyoos, running across rooftops and leaping backyard fences.

Love is a strong incentive and Bayda says one of the men simply wanted to hook up with a former flame whose U.S. visa had expired, and travel with her to Mexico.

Instead, the men were escorted back to the border and there's no word on the fate of the romance. (CKOR)