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Fleeing shoplifter struck after running across I-5

I-5 traffic viewed from Main Street during a morning commute (August 30, 2016). Photo: WSDOT traffic camera

FERNDALE, Wash. — Ferndale Police Chief Kevin Turner said Ferndale Police were dispatched to a report of a shoplifter at a store on LaBounty Drive Saturday afternoon. While officers were en route, they were advised by dispatchers the suspect had been struck by a vehicle on Barrett Road.

According to one witness, the suspect was seen running southbound on LaBounty Drive. They reportedly jumped a fence, ran across both southbound and northbound lanes of I-5 and jumped another fence before being struck by a passing pickup truck on Barrett Road between Main Street and W Smith Road.

When police arrived, the suspect was sitting in the grass along the east side of Barrett Road.

Whatcom County Fire District 7 aid units also responded and transported the suspect to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center with minor injuries according to WCFD7 Fire Chief Larry Hoffman.

Turner said the suspect admitted to and was charged with shoplifting.

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