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Man suspected of stealing ranger’s vehicle, attempting to hit him with it pleads guilty

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Jacob Carl Jackson, age 42, was sentenced in Whatcom County Superior Court on May 25th after pleading guilty to 4 felony crimes.

Jackson pled guilty to the following crimes.

  • 2nd-degree assault
  • attempting to elude a police vehicle
  • possession of a stolen vehicle
  • 1st-degree malicious mischief

Jackson was sentenced to 43 months (3.6 years) in custody with credit for time served prior to sentencing followed by 18 months in community custody.

On December 21, 2022, a Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (WSPRC) officer on patrol noticed someone had opened a gate that was previously closed at the entrance to the Larrabee State Park campground after a recent accumulation of snow resulted in closing the campground. Following tracks in the snow, the officer located a car at a campsite occupied by Jackson and a woman. Both had prior stolen vehicle possession convictions and could not provide proof of ownership.

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When asked to step out of the vehicle, the 2 fled in the vehicle but slide into a ditch nearby. The officer tackled the woman as she attempted to flee on foot. Jackson was reported to have jumped in and began driving officer’s patrol vehicle. He drove toward the officer and the woman. The officer moved the woman out of danger and dove into the ditch to avoid being struck.

The woman, still in handcuffs, ran to the vehicle that had stopped with the passenger door open. The officer reached her just as she got to the vehicle and she kicked the officer as Jackson accelerated away with the woman in the patrol vehicle.

It was later determined the car parked in the campground was stolen and the patrol vehicle was located unoccupied in a south Bellingham neighborhood about 6 miles away. Jackson was located by Bellingham Police during a welfare check in the 1300 block of Texas Street on December 28, 2022, and arrested.

According to jail and court records, Jackson was transferred to the Skagit County Jail after sentencing and is scheduled to be arraigned in Skagit County Superior Court where he faces felony charges of attempting to elude a police vehicle and 2 counts of possession of a stolen vehicle. As part of the plea agreement, any custody sentence resulting from the Skagit charges will be served concurrently with the Whatcom sentencing.

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