Posted by Caleb Hutton
Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
Wednesday, Jan. 2
11:20 a.m. Officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle collision involving the U.S. Postal Service and Federal Express on Boblett Street. The drivers were not competing for the quickest delivery, but their vehicles were inadvertently competing for the same piece of the parking lot and backed in to one another. The postal service vehicle sustained damage to the left door and window and the Fed Ex vehicle sustained cosmetic damage to its rear bumper. The cost of repairs exceeded flat rate charges. A report was taken to document the incident.
4:08 p.m. An F Street resident called police to report having been harassed by two women in a nearby apartment. An officer listened to the caller’s description of the event, and tried to advise the tenant that her neighbors had not crossed the line from freedom of speech to illegality on this particular occasion. The woman interrupted the explanation by hanging up on the officer before he could complete the conversation.
Thursday, Jan. 3
12:28 p.m. An officer stopped a vehicle on Peace Portal Drive for speeding. Upon contact the motorist admitted that he shouldn’t be driving, because the Department of Licensing had sent him a letter to that effect. The officer checked, and sure enough, the driver’s privileges were suspended for an unpaid ticket. The Blaine resident was cited for speeding, failure to provide proof of insurance and driving with a suspended license. A licensed driver in the vehicle was permitted to take the wheel.
Saturday, Jan. 5
1:55 a.m. An officer assisted U.S. Border Patrol field agents who contacted a man staggering along the center line on H Street Road. He was trying to walk home after drinking more than his share of alcohol over the evening. Rather than risk the man becoming some passing motorist’s unintended hood ornament, an officer transported the inebriate home and left him in the care of his adult brother.
12:29 p.m. An officer was dispatched when store employees apprehended a shoplifter at their business in the 1700 block of H Street. The 28-year-old Bellingham resident was contacted, arrested and released with a criminal citation and court date. His pilfered stash of pepperoni and energy drinks was recovered.
1:29 p.m. Police were dispatched to a report of a domestic violence incident in progress at a house on Adelia Street. The arriving officers found the dispute was between two adult brothers and not physical, yet. The men were separated and left the residence so they could cool off.
Sunday, Jan. 6
6:49 p.m. U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch intercepted a Friday Harbor man in possession of prescription medication without a prescription nor associated packaging. An officer arrested, cited and released the man pending his appearance in court.
7 p.m. On a dark rainy Sunday evening an officer on patrol came upon an unattended car stopped in a roundabout on D Street. The two wheels lying on the shoulder, a failed jack lodged under the car and an axle laying on the ground suggested a failed attempt at a tire change. The officer placed flares and traffic cones to make the scene safe and the car’s two occupants arrived on foot a short time later. The officer directed their tow truck driver in for a landing by cell phone, and the vehicle was removed within 15 minutes.
7:50 p.m. A motorist called police after crashing into a light pole in the 800 block of Peace Portal Drive on a dark, rainy night. The driver was not impaired, and simply did not see the light pole as he turned off the road into a business driveway. The driver had already moved the car to a nearby auto mechanic’s shop so the road was not blocked. The city light crew which responded estimated the damage to their pole to be about $600. The front of the driver’s Saab sedan had more than $750 in damage. Neither the driver or his passenger were injured, and the event was closed with a state collision report.
Monday, Jan. 7
8:22 a.m. A Fourth Street resident called police asking that someone talk to his wife about her habit of using his bank account debit card without his permission. The officer let the lady know that her husband had called the police. He explained to both the husband and wife that Washington was a community property state and their property was assumed to belong equally to both unless they took legal action to change that.
10:37 a.m. A resident found a young man sitting on Semiahmoo Parkway looking wet and cold and a long way from home. The resident picked the man up, got him some food, gave him some money, and brought him to the police station. Officers contacted the transient’s mother, and she arranged for a bus ticket to get her son from Bellingham to her home in Puyallup. A police employee donated some warm dry clothes for the teenager to change in to, and a reserve officer transported him to the bus station in Bellingham.