FERNDALE, Wash. — Saturday, February 20th, Ferndale Police responded to a report of a car stolen from the Ferndale Rite Aid parking lot. Multiple agencies were alerted to be on the lookout for the red 2001 Honda Civic EX but it was unable to be located.
Yesterday, February 22nd, a Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper saw a vehicle matching the description of the stolen Honda about 14 miles from where it had been stolen. It was seen parked at a gas station in the area of Lake Samish in south Whatcom County according to Trooper Rocky Oliphant. By the time the trooper had turned around and returned to the parking lot, the vehicle had left.
The trooper was able to quickly locate the vehicle as it was driving away and attempted to stop it. Instead of stopping, the vehicle headed south on E Lake Samish Road at a high rate of speed in an attempt to elude the trooper. The vehicle eventually crashed on Nulle Road near I-5. The driver then fled on foot and was seen running across the lanes of I-5.
The trooper was able to catch up to the fleeing driver who resisted arrest before being taken into custody.
The driver provided a fake name and claimed to have ingested a balloon containing drugs according to Oliphant. He was taken to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center where he was medically cleared to be booked into Whatcom County Jail.
The driver, identified as Joshua Lowell Lewis, age 38, was booked into the jail by WSP charged with the following according to jail records.
- 3rd-degree driving while his license is suspended
- attempting to elude a police vehicle (felony)
- driving under the influence (DUI)
- theft of a vehicle
- possession of a stolen vehicle
- 1st-degree criminal personation
- resisting arrest
Lewis remained in custody as this morning.
Lewis has an extensive criminal history in Whatcom County Superior Court having been found guilty of multiple felony charges including forgery, harassment, assault, eluding, possession of stolen property, theft and identity theft since 2002.