Blaine Police Department arrests man on suspicion of I-5 street racing


Blaine Police Department (BPD) booked a man into Whatcom County Jail after police observed him driving 125 mph in what appeared to be a street-racing incident on I-5 February 3.

A BPD officer was conducting speed enforcement when the officer observed a BMW erratically change lanes and speed near exit 274 on southbound I-5 at 12:17 p.m. on February 3, BPD sergeant Tim Richardson wrote in an email to The Northern Light. The Blaine officer registered the BMW’s speed as going 125 mph in the 70 mph zone.

The BMW appeared to be street racing a dark-colored station wagon that was following behind the BMW at the same speed, Richardson wrote. The BPD officer activated his lights and attempted to stop the two cars, but the station wagon exited I-5 at Birch Bay-Lynden Road and the BMW headed toward Ferndale. The Blaine officer stopped pursuing the BMW because of traffic in Ferndale.

A Lummi Nation Tribal Police officer driving an unmarked police car found the BMW, which had distinctive aftermarket taillights, and followed the driver to a Ferndale business. Blaine police impounded the BMW after the suspect abandoned the vehicle.

The suspect, who was the registered owner of the BMW, turned himself into the Ferndale Police Department. BPD arrested the man and booked him into jail around 4 p.m. February 3 on preliminary charges of reckless driving, racing and attempting to elude police.

The man was released the next day on a $50,000 appearance bond, according to the jail booking data. 


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