LYNDEN, Wash. — A woman wanted on suspicion of armed robbery of a customer at an Everson gas station was arrested yesterday, Monday, April 26th, after the car she was a passenger in crashed while trying to flee law enforcement.
Late yesterday afternoon, a Lynden Police Department officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a car within Lynden city limits. Instead of stopping, the car fled south on Hannegan Road, and the pursuit was terminated according to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Deb Slater in an email to Whatcom News.
Due to traffic volume on the Hannegan at the time, the Lynden Officer and a WCSO Detective were able to follow the car. The car turned west on Wiser Lake Road and the Lynden Officer attempted to stop the car as there was light traffic on Wiser Lake Road at the time. The vehicle again fled. The stop attempt was terminated again. The car continued to be followed westbound. Another Lynden officer set up at the Guide Meridian with spike strips to attempt to stop the car’s ability to continue. Upon seeing the Lynden Unit at the Guide, the car turned north into a private driveway and crashed at the end of it.Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office via email (April 26, 2022)
The driver and passenger were detained by law enforcement.
The passenger, identified as Siara Carrazco, age 28, of Ferndale, was recognized as a woman seen in surveillance video taken during a nearby robbery. She confessed to being involved according to Slater and was booked into the Whatcom County Jail and charged with suspicion of 1st degree robbery.
The driver, identified as Aaron Lee Nerkins, age 30, of Ferndale, was also arrested and booked into the jail charged with suspicion of the following crimes as a result of the incident.
- driving while his license was suspended
- attempting to elude a police vehicle
- reckless driving
He was also charged with 3rd degree theft and 2nd degree trafficking of stolen property. Lynden Police Chief Steve Taylor told Whatcom News these charges were the result of outstanding warrants.