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Man pleads guilty and sentenced after driving car into house

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

LYNDEN, Wash. — Michael Anthony Martin, age 29, was arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail by Lynden Police in June charged with suspicion of vehicular assault, felony driving under the influence (DUI) and 3rd degree driving while his license was suspended after driving a car into a front room of a house where 2 people were sitting on a couch.

Today, Martin was sentenced to 6 months in custody, 12 months in community custody and $500 in fees and fines after pleading guilty to a felony charge of vehicular assault while under the influence and doing substantial bodily harm in Whatcom County Superior Court. Community custody options include in custody work crew, out of custody work crew and work release.

Martin had been out of custody since posting a $750 cash bail the day after the crash.

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. Martin was treated for minor injuries and released at the scene.

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