Sheriff's deputy nearly struck by fleeing vandal

Published on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 by Brandy Kiger Shreve

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Vandalism will get you nowhere – especially if you try to run down a sheriff’s deputy with your car when you’re caught.

Wayne Bryan Bradley of Blaine was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on November 4, after allegedly attempting to assault a Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputy with his pickup truck in the 4600 block of Titan Terrace in Birch Bay. 

Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Monday night, after reports were made that two men were breaking the windows of a car. 

Deputies then identified the probable suspects and observed one of them, Bradley, in the area driving a pickup. 

When officers attempted to contact him, he refused to turn the truck off and instead put his truck in reverse and fled the scene at a high rate of speed, nearly striking the officer on his way out.

The deputy managed to avoid being hit and was not injured, said chief criminal deputy prosecutor Doug Chadwick.

The second suspect, Matthew Alms, 28, of Custer, was arrested for obstructing a law enforcement officer when he refused to comply with deputies and obstructed the investigation.

Bradley left the scene, but deputies were able to track him to a residence on Crockett Road, where they obtained a search warrant after Bradley fled into the residence and refused to come out. 

Reports from Sergeant Deputy Kevin Moyes said that sheriff’s deputies eventually had to taze Bradley to get him to comply, after he “was located outside of the residence brandishing a large alcohol bottle in an aggressive manner over his head.”

Bradley was taken into custody and booked into Whatcom County Jail on charges of third degree assault, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. He has been released on a $10,000 bail. A court date is pending. 

Charges related to the vandalism of the victim’s vehicle for both suspects were forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review.