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Civilian blocks suspect vehicle ending police chase through town

Ferndale Police vehicle file photo (July 25, 2016). Photo: Whatcom News

A subject with a warrant for their arrest led police on a chase through Ferndale yesterday around noon.

According to Ferndale Police Lieutenant Matt Huffman, a Ferndale Police officer attempted to stop the vehicle at Thornton and Sunshine Drive for failure to use their turn signal, “a minor violation.” But the driver failed to stop for the officer and continued driving. They also failed to stop for the stop sign at 3rd Avenue and Vista Drive and the red traffic light at Main Street and 2nd Avenue as more officers joined the chase.

The suspect, at speeds between 20 and 35mph, continued east on Main Street into the Ferndale Haggen store parking lot. According to Huffman, “The driver didn’t stop until an unknown customer blocked him in with his truck.”

After being detained by police, the driver initially provided incorrect identification. It was only as he was being transported to jail that he correctly identified himself. Benjamin J Jennings, age 31, of Ferndale was booked into Whatcom County Jail for

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  • Attempting to elude a police vehicle
  • 1st degree criminal impersonation
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia (suspected meth pipe)
  • 3rd degree driving while license was suspended
  • Failure to appear on the charge of escaping community custody (Department of Corrections warrant)

According to Whatcom County Jail records, Jennings remained in custody as of this morning.

Jenning’s criminal history dates back to 1999 and includes assault, reckless driving and making false statements to a public servant according to court documents.


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