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North Ferndale high-speed pursuit ends with dog bite and arrest

FERNDALE, Wash. — Law enforcement were dispatched to a report of a hit-and-run incident in north Ferndale today, March 27th. After fleeing law enforcement, the suspect ended up being treated for dog bites and booked into Whatcom County Jail on multiple charges.

Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper Heather Axtman said they were dispatched to a report of a hit-and-run crash in the area of Grandview Road and Portal Way at 10:45am. It was not certain whether that was the location of the crash or where the suspect was last seen.

According to unconfirmed radio dispatches at the time, it was reported the victim was following the suspect vehicle and providing location updates to WSP dispatchers. The suspect vehicle was said to be initially be headed west toward Birch Bay Park with heavy front end damage.

Axtman said a WSP trooper caught up with the suspect vehicle and attempted to pull it over. Instead of pulling over, it took off reaching speeds of over 100mph and was last seen southbound on Vista Drive north of Ferndale. The trooper soon after located the vehicle in the 3200 block of Bay Road, between Valley View and Bruce Roads, and requested assistance and a K-9 unit from Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office to locate the suspect.

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After a lengthy track by the K-9 unit, the suspect was located and taken into custody about 1:30pm. Whatcom County Fire District 7 aid crews were then dispatched to treat the suspect for dog bite wounds on a leg.

Jail records show that Ryan S Boyd, age 37, was booked into Whatcom County Jail this afternoon charged with suspicion of attempting to elude a police vehicle, possession of burglary tools, obstructing a police officer, 2nd degree driving while license was suspended and received criminal traffic citations for operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock and failure to remain at the scene of a collision.


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