Text courtesy of the Blaine Police Department, with minor edits for style.
Wednesday, March 20
1:45 p.m. A police officer driving on Peace Portal had his patrol car pelted by rocks thrown up by a passing vehicle. This was strange since both cars were driving on a clear paved street and even the roadway shoulders were gravel free. The mystery was resolved a couple of minutes later when the passing car was found disabled nearby. It turned out that the patrol car had been struck by the passing car’s loosened lug nuts flying off its wheel. The driver realized that something was seriously amiss just in time to stop before the wheel itself flew off into traffic. Officers searched for and recovered three of the projectiles, and delivered them to the mechanic who was making repairs.
8:40 p.m. A Blaine business on D Street called to report receiving counterfeit U.S. currency after a customer attempted to pay for purchased goods. An officer arrived and contacted the customer, a business person from British Columbia who advised that she had received the fake U.S. $50 bill from one of her customers a week earlier. The officer confiscated the paper and forwarded it to the U.S. Secret Service.
Thursday, March 21
12:45 a.m. A patrol officer found a transient camped out on the porch of a closed store at about 1 a.m. on a freezing night. The gentleman was not subject to any criminal restraints. Police gave him a courtesy ride to the Lighthouse Mission to save him from spending the rest of the night in the frigid dark.
5:08 p.m. A patrol officer observed a vehicle fail to yield for a Blaine School District bus which had stopped on Peace Portal Drive with its warning lights flashing and was discharging students. The officer stopped the violator and listened to his explanation that he was from out of state and did not know that he needed to stop for standing school buses displaying flashing lights and stop signs. The motorist was educated with a traffic citation.
Friday, March 22
9:45 a.m. A city employee reported that a door to a house on a Harrison Avenue was ajar, although there was no one around the place. Police officers responded and checked the property. There was no fresh damage or indications of any crime except neglect. The door was closed again, the officers returned to patrol, and the neighborhood tabby cat returned to the sunny patch of porch which it had sulkily abandoned when the cops arrived.
9:52 a.m Blaine officers investigating a case involving a stolen vehicle left at a hit and run scene stopped a vehicle on the freeway on-ramp at the south end of Blaine. The driver of the stopped car fled on foot into a nearby industrial area. Police and U.S. Border Patrol agents established a perimeter and U.S. Border Patrol agents tracked the suspect to his hiding place in a commercial dumpster behind a business. The 24-year-old Birch Bay resident was also wanted by the sheriff’s office for investigation on a burglary, and was booked into jail.
11:26 a.m. A resident on Mitchell Street called police to report that his vehicle was stolen from his home overnight. The remains of his 1992 Cadillac were found abandoned and destroyed by a collision with a tree near the freeway off ramp to the truck route. Police are investigating.
1:07 p.m. A resident on Peace Portal Drive reported that her bicycle had been stolen overnight. The tan REI Novara-brand Safari-model mountain bike is valued at several hundred dollars. Police are investigating.
2:02 p.m. Police were asked to intercede in a possible truancy case involving two high school students on Cedar Street. An officer got information that the kids might be at home, and found them there claiming they were sick. When Mom found out the kids were home she asked for assistance getting the teens delivered back to school. The officer was happy to oblige and the school was happy to have their customers back on campus.
8:17 p.m. An officer was dispatched to a business on 12th Street to take custody of two counterfeit U.S. $20 bills. The notes were discovered when employees were balancing their tills. Police took the bills and forwarded them to the U.S. Secret Service.
Saturday, March 23
11:10 a.m. A homeowner on a Rene Court was contacted by an older motorist who stopped to ask for directions. The gentleman appeared disoriented and possibly having breathing difficulty. The resident went inside for a minute to call for assistance but the motorist drove away. Officers searched the area for a blue newer Cadillac with a military veteran license plate and placed a welfare check request with neighboring agencies, but the driver and vehicle were not located.
2 p.m. A patrol officer attempted to stop a vehicle speeding 64 mph in the 35 mph zone on Peace Portal. The driver apparently tried to evade the officer by turning onto side streets, but was overtaken and stopped on Clyde Street. The motorist was arrested for reckless driving and negligent eluding, and released after signing a promise to appear for a mandatory court hearing.
Sunday, March 24
5:10 a.m. U.S. Customs and Border Protection called and requested Blaine Police interview a disoriented driver on Second Street. An officer arrived at the Peace Arch Port of Entry and contacted a Bothell, Wash., resident who had gotten lost after leaving a grocery store near his home hours earlier. The man agreed to get some sleep at a nearby motel and wait until daylight to drive again, so as not to get lost. The officer escorted him to the motel to make sure he got there.
6:10 p.m. A sharp eyed cashier at a convenience store service station on D Street found a counterfeit U.S. $20 bill among the cash offered by a regular customer for payment. Police were called to the scene and interviewed the customer. She explained that the fake U.S. note had been received as payment at their own business in Vancouver, B.C., at some point in the preceding days. The bogus bill was impounded by officers and will be forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service along with information about its travels.
6:47 p.m. Police received a report of a red Mustang driving recklessly in a mall parking lot on H Street. An officer arrived within a minute and upon arrival the car had already left the area. There was smoke still visible from the burning tires when officers arrived.
7:10 p.m. Customers busily washing their clothes in a coin laundry business on Third Street found a credit card laying in one of the machines, and brought it to a police officer who was busily washing his patrol car in the nearby station parking lot. The customer was thanked, the card was impounded, and the owner or her bank will be advised of the recovery.
Monday, March 25
2:10 p.m. Officers responded to a report of two injured bald eagles in a Semiahmoo Development. The state wildlife agency was advised and a private agency responded to care for the birds.
7:15 p.m. A passerby in a commercial business parking lot on H Street noticed a car without a handicapped parking permit stopped in a marked handicapped stall. She mentioned to the driver that a handicapped permit was needed to use the parking place, but the man’s profane abusive reply made it very clear that education was not going to be effective at resolving the problem. The witness picked up the phone to call the police, and as she did so the driver and vehicle left the parking lot. Officers have a valid vehicle license plate on the gray Honda Civic and are looking to contact and identify the suspect.
7:46 p.m. A man called from Eighth Street asking for a welfare check on his child, who is the subject of a custody dispute and currently under the court ordered care of the child’s mother. The gentleman had no direct information the child was in harm’s way, and the court order prevented him from having any contact whatsoever with child or mother. An officer advised him that the police were not going to violate the court order on his behalf, and he should use his upcoming court date to air his concerns.
By Caleb Hutton
FERNDALE — For the second time in less than a year, an Everson-area man has been arrested after leaving his wallet behind at the scene of the crime.
Joseph Hugh Cline, 30, was charged last week with leading police on a 10-mile chase that started with him going 10 mph over the speed limit Jan. 19 in Ferndale.
Police allege they clocked Cline’s car going 35 mph on Main Street. Cline pulled into the parking lot of a nearby McDonald’s, then squealed away just as the officer was exiting his patrol car, according to charging documents.
Officers chased the suspect along back roads: He zipped through stop signs and recklessly passed other cars, according to the charges. At the intersection of Starry and East Smith roads, someone jumped out of the moving car and ran away.
Here’s a map of the chase:
Police found Cline’s wallet wedged beside the driver’s seat, according to the charges. His Nooksack tribal identity card was inside. A woman in the car told police she didn’t know Cline, but she had accepted a ride from him at the Ferndale Haggen. She picked him out of a photo lineup.
Cline was booked into Whatcom County Jail the following afternoon, Jan. 20. He’s charged with attempting to elude police and driving with a license suspended in the first degree.
In February 2012, Cline was a passenger in a car involved in a suspected hit and run in Whatcom County, according to court records. The driver eventually pulled over, but Cline ran out of the car, leaving behind his wallet — along with the same Nooksack ID card — and a small black nylon case containing methamphetamine. More of Cline’s personal property was in the case. He was convicted of conspiracy to possess meth.
Cline has six felonies on his record: harassment, felony assault, violating a no-contact order, taking a motor vehicle without permission, possession of illegal drugs and, for the latest drug crime, conspiracy to possess meth.
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.
By Caleb Hutton
A Bellingham man will serve a month in jail for racing his car 70 mph up Alabama Hill – driving through a yard and losing a bumper before police could catch him.
Jasson Dallas Harp, 33, was racing his Toyota Corolla against a white Audi on July 8, 2011, according to charging documents. An officer who saw them zip by said they were going 70 mph eastbound in the 2300 block of Alabama Street.
When the cop caught up at Electric Avenue and flipped on his lights and sirens, the driver of the Audi briefly accelerated, then pulled over.
Harp kept going.
He turned onto Flynn Street and drove through somebody’s yard. The Toyota, now missing a bumper, came to a stop on Dakin Street.
Harp was sentenced to a year in jail, but 334 days of his term were suspended. Charges of eluding a police vehicle were dropped in a plea deal.
He began serving his sentence this week.
In his guilty plea, he wrote: “On 7/8/11, in Whatcom County, I willfully compared relative speeds by operation of a motor vehicle.”