Tag: border patrol
By Caleb Hutton
Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
3:50 p.m. Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of D Street on a report that four people were using drugs in a car by an apartment complex. An officer arrived and found three young men in the suspect vehicle. It appeared they had indeed been smoking a hallucinogen, but there was not enough of the product left for testing. The trio’s used paraphernalia was destroyed.
7 p.m. During an argument at a home on Golden Eagle Drive, a man decided to demonstrate his state of mind by swallowing fistfuls of prescription medication in front of his wife. He lost consciousness shortly afterwards, and dispatch was giving the woman telephonic instructions on how to perform CPR when police officers and medics arrived at the house. The man was revived and transported to hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Friday, Dec. 5
12:23 a.m. An intoxicated man and his more intoxicated brother left a bar downtown after midnight, and staggered back towards their boat in Blaine Harbor. They made it as far as Peace Portal and Marine Drive before the more inebriated man attacked and began beating on his sibling. He may have started the fight, but he was unanimously declared the loser by the police officers and medics who arrived to clean up the mess. The bleeding, violent 21-year-old man from Neah Bay was transported to hospital by medics, accompanied by a police officer who helped restrain him to his gurney to keep him from destroying the ambulance. He faces prosecution for fourth-degree assault and other violations.
3:25 p.m. School officials called police when they learned that a student who was not on campus had posted comments on a social networking site indicating that he might harm himself. Officers located and interviewed the young man. He was physically fine, and explained the purpose of his admittedly inappropriate internet activity. The young man received a warning and the school and his parent received a phone call from the officers explaining the results of their investigation.
Friday, Dec. 7
3 a.m. An officer on patrol about 3 a.m. spotted a person walking away from the railroad tracks near Clyde Street. The walker lacked a hard hat, safety glasses or any other pieces of safety gear that railway employee generally carry. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived to interview the man and found that he had possibly illegally entered the country via the railroad tracks, and he
was taken into custody by the agents.
9:10 p.m. U.S. Border Patrol Dispatch reported a person at Peace Arch Park was jumping the border from the United States into Canada. A Blaine officer was called but arrived too late to intervene in the subject’s hasty departure from the country. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police advised later that they had caught up with the man, and found that he was a Canadian citizen. He had set out from home in Canada but had gotten disoriented and bolted for home when he realized he strayed across the border.
9:40 p.m. A Blaine officer assisted Border Patrol Agent contacting three suspicious people walking south from the Canadian border along the truck route north of H Street. The trio turned out to be US citizens who had wanted to go to Canada, but they were too intoxicated so border officials denied them entry.
Saturday, Dec. 8
7:30 a.m. Royal Canadian Mounted Police in White Rock called Blaine Police when they heard what sounded like gunfire to the south of their fair city. An officer checked the area where most shootings occur, but did not locate the suspects. The RCMP were advised that it is duck hunting season here and the hunters often float offshore just outside the city limits west of Semiahmoo Spit.
Sunday, Dec. 9
1:34 a.m. An officer saw what appeared to be an unoccupied parked vehicle at a gas pump downtown. As he approached the car the driver who had been slumped down in his seat sat up and started to honk the car’s horn. That’s a classic, if melodramatic, way for a lookout to alert his accomplice that the police have arrived, but if something was afoot nearby it fled before doing the deed. The driver claimed the horn honking was accidentally and he was waiting to meet a friend who was detained at the border. Car and driver left the area a short time later.
Monday, Dec. 10
12:20 a.m. A parent on Cedar Street called police shortly after midnight when she spotted a possible runaway teenager in her back yard. Officers arrived, searched the area and found the girl hiding in another yard nearby. The 17-year-old girl was indeed a runaway, and also was wanted on a felony warrant in Snohomish County. She was arrested and booked into detention.