BELLINGHAM, Wash. — On Sunday, June 26th, Bellingham Police Department officers were dispatched to a report of a disruptive person in the clubhouse of a golf course in the 3700 block of Meridian Street.
When confronted by staff, the subject had reportedly told them he would “blast (them)” and that he was “strapped” (slang for carrying a firearm).
BPD dispatchers advised responding officers that the subject had commandeered a golf cart and was driving around the golf course with staff following.
Officers radioed from the scene they had obtained 2 carts and would be in pursuit.
According to an affidavit of probable cause for arrest, the subject ditched the stolen cart back at the clubhouse and went through the building on foot, exiting near the front of the building where awaiting officers were able to surround and detain him. 2 cans of beer taken from the clubhouse were found on his person.
The 42-year-old man was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail. He now awaits trial in Whatcom County Superior Court for suspicion of 1st degree theft, 3rd degree theft and obstructing a law enforcement officer. The court has ordered a mental competency evaluation. A $25,000 bond requirement has been set. As of July 5th, he remained in custody.
Well, BPD can’t pursue in police cars. The directive doesn’t say anything about golf carts!
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