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Car vs tree crash sends 2 to the hospital and 1 to jail

Scene of car vs tree crash on Belfern Drive (April 12, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News

A Bellingham man was booked into the Whatcom County Jail Friday after crashing a car into a large tree about 150-feet from the road resulting in him and his passenger being transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center.

Whatcom County Fire District 7 personnel were dispatched shortly after 7am Friday, April 12th, to the 5300 block of Belfern Drive. They arrived to find a single vehicle with heavy front-end damage according to radio transmissions.

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies and a Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper also responded.

WSP Trooper Heather Axtman said in an email the car was northbound on Belfern Drive when it failed to negotiate the left turn in the road.

Tire tracks indicate the path of the car after leaving the road at scene of car vs tree crash on Belfern Drive (April 12, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News
Tire tracks indicate the path of the car after leaving the road at scene of car vs tree crash on Belfern Drive (April 12, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News

The car, a 2-door Scion tC, left the road and struck a tree on property owned, according to Whatcom County Assessor’s Office records, by the Belfern Water Association.

There were initial concerns the female passenger had suffered a serious hip injury but after being assessed by PeaceHealth staff both the driver’s and passenger’s injuries were determined to be minor according to Axtman.

Axtman identified the male driver as Joshua N. Fallie. According to Whatcom County Jail records, Fallie, age 26, of Bellingham, was booked into the jail Friday under suspicion of reckless driving, driving under the influence and reckless endangerment. Fallie was released shortly after midnight Saturday morning after posting $2,000 bail.

According to Whatcom County Superior Court records, Fallie was currently awaiting trial for a 2nd degree assault charge at the time of the crash. He was out on $15,000 bail and scheduled to reappear in court on July 17th for a hearing related to that charge.


  1. Kristina Kovacic April 13, 2019

    I was the passenger….
    What does his assault case have to do with this accident?

    • dave doran April 13, 2019

      Normally nothing,
      had the case been resolved and the crash hadn’t come with new charges.
      But being out on bail is legal limbo with prior charges laid and a trial date set
      so it’s pertinent to the story of the driver.

      • Kristina Kovacic April 13, 2019

        I wouldn’t say “pertinent” to the story. I disagree with needing to put that out there online.

  2. Ryan Walter April 13, 2019

    Miss K,

    Mr. F’s pending trial is in the public record. While you might find it’s mention inflammatory or distasteful, I find it provides good context to the story.

    P.S. I’m very glad you weren’t seriously hurt.

  3. Melissa Leija April 13, 2019

    Pretty sad to say I have know this person for 10+ years, and his life has gotten this bad. He’s spiraling out of control. Wish he can go back to the good person he used to be, and stay out of trouble.

  4. Kristina Kovacic April 13, 2019

    He is not “spiraling out of control”. It was an ACCIDENT. And as far as his current trial, it’s a crap case that some crazy woman with a vendetta can’t let go. People are so hypocritical and judgemental.

  5. tammy Ballard April 14, 2019

    The assult wouldn’t have been brought up if he wasen’t out on bail.But the circumstances is he was out on bail and he couldn’t behave himself . I wouldn’t of let him out on bail again. Driving under the influence is not an accident.

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