By Caleb Hutton
Update: See bottom of this post.
A police pursuit that wound through Skagit and Whatcom counties was yet to be resolved as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, after the suspect’s Lincoln Continental hit spike strips on Nulle Road near Interstate 5, according to initial reports.
Adrian Sassen Van Elsloo, who’s wanted for warrants, was barricading himself in the navy blue Lincoln, said Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo. He was apparently armed with a gun.
Sassen Van Elsloo has a long history of leading police on chases. Here’s the most recent article we wrote about him.
This time, he allegedly fled Skagit deputies when they tried to pull him over late this afternoon. By 4:15 p.m., the navy blue Lincoln Continental was near Arroya Park, where dispatchers reported he tried to ram several cars.
The chase wound along Old Fairhaven Parkway, Old Samish Road, East Lake Samish Drive and, ultimately, Nulle Road, where the Lincoln reportedly hit spike strips and came to a halt.
Elfo said the suspect then barricaded himself in the car. At the time of this post, that was the last confirmed update. Elfo — who’s understandably very busy right now — didn’t pick up his cell phone when I called again looking for an update.
See our Twitter account, @bhamcrime, for the narrative as it came over the radio.
Update at 5:30 p.m. Elfo says the scene is still “hot.” The suspect is waving around a handgun, but to the best of the sheriff’s knowledge, has not made any verbal threats to harm himself or deputies.
It goes without saying people should avoid the area. Elfo said the scene is very well-contained, so he doesn’t believe there’s any immediate danger to the public.
By Caleb Hutton
Update at 2:15 p.m. In a question to dispatch, an officer mentioned there were several collisions during the chase.
Update at 2:20 p.m. Police spokesman Mark Young says three cars were struck: All police cars. Nobody was hurt. The driver is not telling police his name.
Via police scanner traffic:
The driver of a “suspicious” Volvo 244 eluded police for about three miles through busy Bellingham streets Thursday afternoon, Sept. 20, reportedly driving into oncoming traffic and onto sidewalks before ramming a police car near Kmart, 1001 E. Sunset Drive.
The chase started about 1:40 p.m., when an officer tried to pull the driver over near Cordata Parkway. It was a low-speed chase: The fastest speed mentioned over the scanner was 30 mph. It started out at 20 mph.
Here’s the last leg of the driver’s alleged route, from the point it started coming over the police scanner.
Police caught the driver in the parking lot of Kmart. They had set up spike strips in the area. The officer whose car was rammed radioed dispatch asking if someone could get photos of the damage. It doesn’t sound like he was injured.
But an ambulance was responding to Telegraph Road — possibly for a car swiped by the 1977 Volvo.
I have a call out to the police spokesman and will write up a full story when we get info.