FERNDALE, Wash. — A 2007 Ford Ranger pickup was reported stolen from a Ferndale business Saturday, August 22nd. The following Monday afternoon, an employee of the business spotted the pickup as it was being driven and phoned 911.
According to an affidavit of probable cause from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) and submitted into Whatcom County Superior Court, the pickup was being driven “aggressively, exceeding the speed limit, not stopping at stop signs and appeared to try and get away from [the employee].”
According to unconfirmed law enforcement radio transmissions, the pickup was initially traveling eastbound on Grandview Road and then southbound on Vista Drive. Ferndale Police were notified and an officer was following the pickup as it went south on Malloy Avenue toward Thornton Street. The officer reported the pickup was traveling at speeds of near 50mph in a 25mph speed zone on Malloy Avenue.
City of Ferndale staff reported by email afterwards that it wasn’t clear if the vehicle was going to stop for the police officer, so another officer set spike strips on the roadway. The pickup stopped in the 5700 block of Malloy Avenue (at the roundabout by the high school) prior to reaching the spike strips.
Ferndale Police contacted the driver of the pickup, identified in the affidavit of probable cause as Justyn Reed, age 22. A check of his drivers license status indicated it had been suspended. Reed was taken into custody and turned over to WCSO since the business where the theft occurred was located outside Ferndale city limits according to city staff.
Reed was booked into the Whatcom County Jail by WCSO and charged with suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and 2nd degree driving while his license was suspended.
Reed appear made a preliminary appearance in Whatcom County Superior Court on August 25th. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for September 14th.