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UPDATED: Car ends up in Lynden living room, 2 transported to the hospital

Scene of a car versus house crash in Lynden (June 22, 2022). Photo: Whatcom News

LYNDEN, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the 100 block of British Columbia Avenue in Lynden about 8:20am, Wednesday, June 22nd, due to a report of a car having crashed into a residence.

Approximate location of the crash

Lynden Fire Chief Mark Billmire told Whatcom News 2 people sitting in the living room at the time of the crash were transported via ambulance to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car was treated for minor injuries and released at the scene.

The residence sustained significant damage including having the fireplace punched through at the base of the chimney. Billmire said there was no damage to gas or electrical systems in the residence.

Unconfirmed initial reports were that the car had struck a tree prior to crashing into the house.

Lynden Police say that as a result of their investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Michael Anthony Martin, age 29, was arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of vehicular assault, felony driving under the influence (DUI) and 3rd degree driving while his license was suspended.


  1. AR June 22, 2022

    A lot of bad/distracted drivers out there.

  2. Sam June 22, 2022

    “Was released at scene” is common and that’s why. I bet if they spent a night in jail like the other impaired drivers (tired or unable to discern roadway count).

  3. END June 22, 2022

    Medically – he was released. Criminally – he was arrested and placed in jail.

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