FERNDALE, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the intersection of Marine Drive and Ferndale Road about 7:15pm this evening, May 4th.
According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Rocky Oliphant a single vehicle crashed into the bushes. The driver was able to get out and left in a passerby’s vehicle while the passenger, with serious injuries, remained in the vehicle.
Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to stop and return the driver to the scene of the crash, Oliphant said.
Bellingham Fire and Whatcom County Fire District 8 crews responded. The passenger was transported from the scene by ambulance to PeaceHealth St Joseph’s Medical Center with serious but not life-threatening injuries according to Oliphant.
Ferndale Road and Marine Drive were closed as a result and as of 8:45pm were expected to remain closed until about 9:30pm while the investigation continued.
According to a press memo issued by the WSP, investigators determined the vehicle, a green 1999 Honda Accord, had been westbound on Marine Drive at a high rate of speed when it attempted to pass another car and lost control. The Honda left the roadway, struck a ditch and ended up on its roof on the west side of Ferndale Road.
Improper passing, speed and driving under the influence are cited as causes of the crash. WSP investigators determined the driver was not wearing his seatbelt while his passenger had been.
The driver was identified by WSP as Toby W Solomon, age 29, of Bellingham and he was listed as not injured.
Solomon was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail by WSP charged with suspicion of felony driving under the influence and vehicular assault according to jail records. He also had warrants out for his arrest for suspicion of possession of a dangerous weapon and failure to appear in court on a 3rd degree driving while license suspended charge.
This story was updated 5/5/21 at 6:40am with information provided in a WSP memo.