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View of damage after a car crashed into a building on the Meridian High School campus (August 12, 2021). Photo courtesy of WCSO

Whatcom Sheriff’s Office releases details around yesterday’s car crashing into building incident

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) released additional details surrounding an incident yesterday involving a vehicle that crashed through an entrance to a building on the Meridian High School campus doing a substantial amount of damage.

According to a WCSO news release, What-Comm 911 received a request about 6:55am on August 12th for a wellness check at a Lynden residence after a 20-year-old family member had driven away without any clothing on.

About 7:15am, deputies working in a WCSO annex in the Meridian High School parking lot heard a loud crash. Investigating the noise, they discovered a vehicle had crashed through a double-door entrance and continued into the building until stopping against a wall at the opposite of the building. It was determined the driver was the subject of the earlier wellness check.

The driver was located barricaded in a second floor classroom. She was vandalizing the room and breaking interior and exteriors windows with a mallet.

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Deputies made contact but the subject refused to leave the room and made threats to harm the deputies and herself.

WCSO crisis negotiators were brought in and after more than an hour, were successful in convincing the subject to surrender peacefully.

The subject had no serious injuries but had some cuts from broken glass. She was treated by aid personnel at the scene and released to WCSO deputies who arrested and booked her into the Whatcom County Jail charged with 1st degree burglary and 1st degree malicious mischief.

Vandalized classroom at Meridian High School (August 12, 2021). Photo courtesy of WCSO
Vandalized classroom at Meridian High School (August 12, 2021). Photo courtesy of WCSO

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