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Trucker fighting to get life back

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ROME, GA (CBS46) -

A Rome trucker is fighting for his life back, after he said a wrong-turn has changed his life.

Until the spring, Josh Banks made a good living as a truck driver to support his family, that includes five children.

In March, Banks said he and his father were taking a load from Michigan to Massachusetts. Banks said his father was driving and made a wrong turn, putting them on the bridge to Point Edward, Canada.

Banks said they went through Canadian customs, so they could turnaround in Canada. He said when Canadian border crossing officers asked if the two had drugs, alcohol or firearms.

"Initially it didn't cross my mind, I said no of course," said Banks.

But,  Banks said he had a legal gun in the truck.

"That was my service weapon, when I was in law enforcement," said Banks.

Gun laws are different in Canada than in the U.S. The Canadian government charged Banks with several crimes, all relating to transporting a gun into their country.

"It's hard for me to understand how it turned so badly, so fast," said Banks.

Since he's back in Georgia, Banks could choose not to face the Canadian charges, and become a fugitive from their justice system.

"I would never be allowed to get a passport or travel," said Banks. "I don't want these type of things hanging over my head. I don't feel I did anything intentionally."

Banks said the ordeal has already cost him more than $100,000, and he's in jeopardy of losing his house.

Josh's attorney Ken Marley is in Ontario, Canada. He said via phone "I think it's probably fairly easily proven that he (Banks) did not intend to come to Canada.

Marley said in similar cases, prosecutors have allowed the defendant to plead guilty to lesser charges with a punishment of shorter jail time or a fine.

Banks' next scheduled court appearance in Canada is in October.

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