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I-5 traffic viewed from Main Street during a morning commute (August 30, 2016). Photo: WSDOT traffic camera

Fleeing shoplifter struck after running across I-5

FERNDALE, Wash. — Ferndale Police Chief Kevin Turner said Ferndale Police were dispatched to a report of a shoplifter at a store on LaBounty Drive Saturday afternoon. While officers were en route, they were advised by dispatchers the suspect had been struck by a vehicle on Barrett Road.

According to one witness, the suspect was seen running southbound on LaBounty Drive. They reportedly jumped a fence, ran across both southbound and northbound lanes of I-5 and jumped another fence before being struck by a passing pickup truck on Barrett Road between Main Street and W Smith Road.

When police arrived, the suspect was sitting in the grass along the east side of Barrett Road.

Whatcom County Fire District 7 aid units also responded and transported the suspect to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center with minor injuries according to WCFD7 Fire Chief Larry Hoffman.

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Turner said the suspect admitted to and was charged with shoplifting.


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