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Man suspected of intentionally crashing into car occupied by woman, child

FERNDALE, Wash. — Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched on February 8th about 4:30pm to a report of an apparent road rage incident on W Smith Road.

According to an affidavit of probable cause prepared by WCSO and submitted by prosecutors in Whatcom County Superior Court, a woman and her 7-year-old son were westbound on W Smith Road when Bailey Rae McCorkhill began “aggressively chasing them in his car.”

McCorkhill reportedly pulled alongside the victim’s vehicle, mouthed the words, “I’m going to kill you” and then swerved at her vehicle multiple times before crashing into it.

The victim abruptly stopped after the collision and McCorkhill is reported to have turned around and driven back to the victim’s location. She told him to stop and indicated she had the child in the vehicle, but he again threatened her. She then resumed driving westbound at a high rate of speed in an effort to get away from him.

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McCorkhill is reported to have caught up to the victim’s vehicle again, crashing into it on the passenger side. She then fled northbound on LaBounty Drive, continuing at a high rate of speed.

WCSO deputies and Ferndale Police officers, according to emergency radio transmissions at the time, were taking up positions to intercept the suspect.

McCorkhill caught up with the victim’s vehicle again and rammed it from behind, destroying the rear bumper.

Law enforcement caught up to the vehicles, detaining McCorkhill and making contact with the victim and her son.

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WCSO arrested McCorkhill and booked him into Whatcom County Jail. He now faces 2 counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon including assault of a child and felony harassment threatening to kill or do bodily injury.

At McCorkhill’s preliminary hearing on February 9th, prosecutors requested bail be set at $150,000 and the defense requested he be released on his own personal recognizance. The court set bail at $50,000 bond or $5,000 in cash. He is also to have no contact with the victim and her son and surrender all firearms and other dangerous weapons and his concealed pistol license (CPL).

As of February 15th, McCorkhill remained in custody.

4 Comments

  1. tamara neyens February 15, 2022

    It is utter BS that this character has such a low bail when he is obviously a threat to the general population as well as a serious threat to this mother and her 7year old son. Where is the justice for this child? Does this judge understand that restraining orders are a joke! Why should this child not be able to feel safe and to know that society, the justice system and law enforcement are here to protect him and his mother? I guess that’s why I’m not the judge and jury because I would have him incarcerated for life.

  2. Pamela Nelsen February 15, 2022

    Shameful Judge.

  3. Margret Graham-Jacob February 15, 2022

    I totally agree this is egregious. How can the court believe this guy will leave the woman and child alone and surrender his weapons when he went to such extreme lengths to kill them both. I’m horrified.

  4. Joe Blow February 16, 2022

    Need to vote these judges out! The weapon was his vehicle, did they take that away?

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