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UPDATED: Visible law enforcement presence NE of Lynden during search for subject

LYNDEN, Wash. — A subject who fled a traffic stop about 1:40pm was the focus of a search across farm fields in northeast Lynden this afternoon, Thursday, August 17th.

According to unconfirmed law enforcement radio transmissions, the search followed after the subject fled a Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputy Lynden Police officer during a traffic stop.

The search included multiple law enforcement agencies along with drones and CBP helicopters.

According to unconfirmed law enforcement radio transmissions at the time, the subject was taken into custody about 4:15pm.

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Lynden Police Chief Steve Taylor told Whatcom News that, while the driver initially failed to yield to the officer’s lights and siren, he eventually stopped in the area of City Park. As the officer was returning to the patrol car to check the status of the driver’s license provided by the driver, the driver jumped out of the car and fled on foot.  

The officer gave chase on foot and alerted other law enforcement units in the area. Several reports were received from citizens indicating that they had seen a man matching the driver’s description running generally northbound towards Badger Road. Officers continued to search the area.  

Several deputies from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office were in the area already, conducting training unrelated to the foot chase and responded to assist. Eventually, the driver was located in a berry field near Pangborn Road and taken into custody without incident.

The driver was identified as Abraham Aguilar, age 25. He was found to have outstanding warrants from Sumas and Everson and was booked into Whatcom County Jail charged with the following.

  • 4 counts of 2nd-degree driving while his license was suspended
  • 2 counts of operating a vehicle without ignition interlock
  • 2 counts of failure to obey a police officer
  • obstructing a police officer

As of August 18th, Aguilar remained in custody pending being able to post $25,000, $20,000, $5,000 and $2,500 bonds.

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