Police Report -- February 19, 2004

Published on Thu, Feb 19, 2004
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February 17:
Officers were dispatched to an unresponsive elderly woman in the 9700 block of Allen Street. Officers arrived and the woman woke up when she heard the sirens. Officers stood by until the fire department arrived.

February 16:
An 18-year-old man became upset over problems a relative was facing. The teenager smashed his fist into a flower pot, severely cutting his hand. His uncontrolled temper resulted in uncontrolled bleeding. He called for a medic unit, and 911 asked police to attend because the man sounded intoxicated and belligerent. Officers who arrived to secure the scene for the fire crew found that the man was intoxicated, but his bleeding was overcoming his belligerence. Fire personnel transported the teen to hospital, where doctors treated his injuries so that he could sign his citation for possession of alcohol by a minor.

February 16:
While on routine patrol a Blaine officer observed a motorcycle weave in and out of traffic on Runge Avenue, almost causing a collision with an oncoming car on Peace Portal Drive. The officer attempted to stop the motorcyclist, and he increased his speed and fled. A pursuit ensued and the driver wrecked the motorcycle near the intersection of Loomis Trail Road and Portal Way. The driver, a 21-year-old Bellingham resident, got up off the pavement and tried to flee on foot, but ran into a deep mud filled ditch. He was arrested, treated at the scene for injuries sustained in the crash, transported to hospital for evaluation and then booked into jail for felony eluding. The driver admitted to having been drinking, and said that was the reason he ran from officers. A report is being forwarded to the Whatcom County Prosecutor for review of other charges, including negligent driving first degree, and driving while license suspended second degree. His motorcycle was impounded.

February 15:
An anonymous caller reported a male subject was standing in the middle of the road in the 300 block of Martin Street yelling foul language at someone on a cell phone. Officers arrived and contacted the man, who was still using the phone. He said he was yelling at another man who he suspected of interfering with his personal life. Officer advised the subject he was disturbing the peace and needed to deal with this private life in a non-public manner. The man apologized and said he would talk with his family and try to calm down.

February 13:
A motorist from out of the area was driving his BMW 328i westbound on Boblett Street at about 40 miles per hour in the 25 zone from O�Dell Road. He later stated that he could see a traffic light at Boblett and SR 543 in the distance. He was heading for that intersection when, much to his surprise, he found a curb, chain link fence, and airport runway in his path. It turns out he had missed seeing both the 25 mph sign and the dead end road sign. There were no injuries. Damage to city property was estimated at $500. Damage to the vehicle was more extensive. February 13: Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of Harrison Avenue regarding an unwanted guest. A parent wanted her 17-year-old daughter�s 22-year-old boyfriend removed from her home and told not to return. The boyfriend was recently released from jail and is a registered sex offender. Officers assisted by ensuring that the man understood the no trespass directive and that he leave the area.

February 10:
Library staff reported a three-year-old girl who was left alone and searching for her father. The young girl was crying and said her father had left and she did not know if he would return. A Blaine officer contacted dad as he walked back into the library. He said that he had stepped outside for a moment to make a phone call. He was counselled about leaving his child unattended. This was the second report police have received about this child being left alone in public. Child protection services was notified.

February 10:
A postal delivery person found a homemade weapon (nails taped together to form a spiked star like a throwing star) on the community lawn of an apartment complex, near a high foot traffic area for school kids. Nearby residents were unable to assist police in identifying where the weapon came from. It was destroyed.

February 10:
An apartment resident in the 300 block of Alder Street called police after hearing an upset neighbor yelling at his father threatening to hurt him. Officers arrived and contacted the father and son. Both reported that their argument had been verbal, and the father did not feel threatened. Officers determined that the 17-year-old Blaine resident, a convicted felon, was wanted by Kent and Whatcom County juvenile authorities on multiple warrants including probation violation, reckless driving, obstructing police, and resisting arrest. Officers took the teen into custody without incident and booked him into juvenile detention.

February 10:
An employee called to report a physical domestic fight in progress at a motel in the 1300 block of Peace Portal Drive. Officers arrived to sounds of screaming and breaking property. They found a 50-year-old intoxicated Blaine resident hitting his 48-year-old wife and throwing items. When ordered to stop, the man charged towards the officers. He was stunned with a Taser device, and officers were able to arrest him without further incident. The man has an extensive history of prior arrests, including multiple felony assaults.He complained that his wife had attacked him first this time. The motel manager reported that he had observed the woman assault the man when the man attempted to talk to her. The man was transported to Whatcom County Jail. The woman was cited for assault and transported to St. Joseph Hospital for evaluation of her reported injuries.