By Caleb Hutton
BELLINGHAM — A man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase through Skagit and Whatcom counties had his bail set at $10 million this week.
After a roughly 29-mile chase Tuesday, Dec. 11, police deployed spike strips to stop a Lincoln Contintental driven by Adrian G. Sassen Van Elsloo, 30. He was taken into custody hours later, following an armed standoff.
Disclaimer: The route below is very approximate.
By my count — after digging through some court records — this was at least the fourth time he’s publicly been named as a suspect in an eluding case.
Sassen Van Elsloo had been on the run from the law since September, when he allegedly led police on another chase through the streets of Bellingham.
He’s now being charged in three separate Whatcom County cases.
- The first two are outlined in this article. That story doesn’t mention what police found in the car: a pistol-grip shotgun, a .38-caliber revolver, a Raven Arms .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol and lots of drugs. That info later became public in charging documents.
- The third case is the most recent car chase.
So if you look up Sassen Van Elsloo on the jail roster or the state court system you’ll see Commissioner David M. Thorn effectively split the $10 million bail into thirds — $3.33 million for each case. (Just wanted to explain that discrepancy.)
Here’s a file photo of the defendant.