FERNDALE, Wash. — Yesterday evening, June 19th, a Ferndale Police officer stopped a vehicle for traffic violations. The driver provided a false identity and then fled when asked to step out of the vehicle.
Ferndale Police Lieutenant Matt Huffman said in an email it was about 9:35pm when the officer stopped a blue BMW on S Church Road near Ulrich Road for an expired vehicle registration, failing to use a turn signal and failing to stop at a stop sign. While approaching the vehicle, the officer noted an altered trip permit in the rear window.
The driver said he did not have identification on him and gave the officer a false name and date of birth. After the officer verified the name given was false, he asked the driver to step out of his vehicle. Instead, the driver sped away.
Huffman said in his email,
The officer activated his patrol car’s emergency lights and siren and began to pursue the driver South bound on S. Church Rd. and West onto Lampman Rd. As the pursuit neared Olson Rd. the suspect vehicle was travelling at over 100 miles per hour. Due to the high speeds and danger continuing the pursuit would pose, the officer stopped pursuing the vehicle, turned off his patrol vehicle’s emergency equipment, and notified dispatch that the pursuit was discontinued.
While Ferndale Police officers, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies and WSP Troopers searched the surrounding area for the suspect vehicle, it was determined Tyler G Lagerwey, age 31, was the driver. It was also determined Lagerwey had a felony Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest.
The suspect vehicle was discovered backed into a driveway in the 6100 block of Olson Road and was unoccupied. A WCSO deputy and his K-9 arrived and began a track from the suspect vehicle. During the track a hat with “Lagerwey” embroidered on it was found. About a quarter-mile from where the suspect vehicle had been found, Lagerwey was located by the WCSO K9. He was taken into custody by police without further incident.
Whatcom County Fire District 7 personnel were dispatched to the area about 10:45pm to treat Lagerwey for cuts to his legs.
According to Whatcom County Jail records, Lagerwey was booked into the jail for suspicion of attempting to elude a police vehicle, no valid operator’s license with no ID, making false statements to a public servant and a trip permit violation.
At the time of the traffic stop, Lagerwey was out of custody on a $25,000 bond pending trial for a charge of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and bail jumping according to court records.
As of 10am this morning, Lagerwey remained in custody in the Whatcom County Jail according to jail records.