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Updated: High-speed pursuit of vehicle full of stolen property ends in Ferndale

Scene of the end of a pursuit by law enforcement on Conifer Drive (January 13, 2021). Photo: Blaine Police via Facebook
Scene of the end of a pursuit by law enforcement on Conifer Drive (January 13, 2021). Photo: Blaine Police via Facebook

FERNDALE, Wash. — A burglary of the Pantec Mini Storage in Blaine during the early morning hours yesterday, January 13th, resulted in a pursuit of the suspects by law enforcement that ended abruptly on a dead-end road in Ferndale.

Blaine Police reported being dispatched about 12:30am to a report of a burglary of a business in-progress. Three suspects, 2 male and 1 female, could be seen via security cameras inside a fenced area surrounding the property.

A Blaine Police officer responding to the call noticed a small black coupe leaving the area heading toward I-5. He stopped the vehicle on southbound I-5 in the area of the Pacific Highway (SR543) interchange and, upon turning on his spotlight, noted the occupants of the car matched the suspects’ descriptions.

Seconds after the spotlight had been turned on, the vehicle sped off. It was reported the suspect vehicle reached a speed of 117mph during the subsequent pursuit according to Blaine Police.

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Assistance was then requested from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol.

According to unconfirmed law enforcement radio traffic at the time, the suspect vehicle was pursued southbound on I-5 about 9 miles to Grandview Road where it exited and headed east on Grandview Road to Dahlberg Road. The occupants had a scanner radio in the vehicle and were aware of a spike strip being set at the exit to Grandview Road.

The pursuit continued north on Dahlberg Road to Harksell Road and southbound on N Enterprise Road. The suspect vehicle then turned onto Conifer Drive, a dead-end road, upon seeing WCSO deputies waiting on further down N Enterprise Road.

According to Blaine Police, the pursuit ended when the vehicle got stuck in the mud in front of a residence on Conifer Drive.

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Path of the high-speed pursuit from Blaine to Ferndale

The driver ran from the vehicle and was “captured after a (very) brief foot pursuit,” according to Blaine Police. A Whatcom County Fire District 7 aid crew was soon after dispatched to the scene to treat a patient with dog bite injuries according to radio traffic.

The driver was identified as Dillon McKinley Wilson, age 30, and the passengers were identified as Brandi Kristine Sestrom, age 36, and Cory Ira Mezo, age 36. The passengers were arrested at the vehicle according to Blaine Police.

The suspect vehicle was “full of stolen property,” according to Blaine Police, and was impounded pending a search warrant which was being applied for.

11 storage units were found to have been forcibly entered and firearms were among the stolen items.

All 3 suspects were booked into the Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of the following crimes according to jail records.

  • WILSON
    • 3rd degree driving while his license was suspended
    • attempting to elude a police vehicle
    • felony criminal conspiracy
    • resisting arrest
    • 2nd degree burglary
    • robbery (related to a separate incident)

Wilson was also arrested on several outstanding bench warrants from Whatcom Superior Court.

  • SESTROM
    • felony criminal conspiracy
    • 2nd degree burglary

Sestrom was also arrested on an outstanding bench warrant from Whatcom District Court.

  • MEZO
    • felony criminal conspiracy
    • 2nd degree burglary

As of this morning, January 14th, Mezo had been released from custody after posting a $5,000 bond while Wilson and Sestrom remained in custody according to jail records.

Wilson has prior felony convictions that include possession of controlled substance, assault, harassment and tampering with a witness. At the time of this incident, he was awaiting trial for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and harassment with threat to kill and/or do bodily injury. He has also appeared as a defendant in Whatcom County District and multiple local Municipal Courts 54 times over the past 10 years.

Sestrom has prior felony convictions that include possession of controlled substance, theft, malicious mischief and attempting to elude a police vehicle. She has also appeared as a defendant in Whatcom County District and multiple local Municipal Courts 21 times over the past 15 years.

Mezo has prior felony convictions that include theft, theft of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, residential burglary, possession of a stolen firearm and vehicular assault. He has also appeared as a defendant in Whatcom County District and Bellingham Municipal Court 22 times over the past 20 years.


This story was updated January 14, 2021 at 9:30am with additional details provided via email by Blaine Police.

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