By Caleb Hutton
A routine traffic stop turned into an assault on two Bellingham police officers Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The 22-year-old man, identified as Beau Parker Raethke, was pulled over at 4:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Pacific Street. Here’s the verbatim report taken from Bellingham police logs:
A-1 was stopped for not wearing his safety belt. A driver’s license and warrant check revealed that A-1′s license was revoked and there were two outstanding warrants for his arrest. A-1 resisted arrest and swung his fists and kicked at two officers before his was taken into custody. He was booked into Whatcom county jail for two counts of Assault 3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Driving While License Revoked in the 2nd Degree and on the two outstanding Bellingham Municipal Court warrants charging him with Fail to Appear/Comply on DUI charge and Fail to Appear/Comply on DV-Assault 4th Degree charge. He was also issued traffic infractions for Failing to Wear Safety Belt, Operating and Uninsured Vehicle and Failing to Carry Vehicle Registration.
Arrested: RAETHKE, BEAU PARKER Age: 22 (DOB: May 4 1990 )
In June 2011, Raethke led police on a 70 mph chase down Woburn and Texas streets. After he was caught and arrested, he told police “he ran because he didn’t have any money and could not afford a fine,” according to court records. He was convicted of reckless driving — and court-ordered to pay more than $1,000 in fines and fees, on top of a 20-day jail sentence and a year on probation.
His listed address at the time was in the 3000 block of Orleans Street, a few blocks from the scene of Wednesday’s arrest.