Instead of being issued what could have been as little as a warning, a man stopped by a Ferndale Police officer ended up in the Whatcom County Jail on assault and hit and run charges after fleeing a traffic stop yesterday about 7:50pm on Main Street.
According to Ferndale Police, an officer pulled over Elijah N Longoria, age 21, after observing an illegal lane usage violation at Main Street and Riverside Drive.
A police report of the incident said Longoria stopped the green Honda Civic he was driving at the Express Lane Gull gas station at 1846 Main Street but then refused to roll down his window when the officer attempted to explain why he had been stopped. He held his cell phone to the window indicating to the officer he was recording the incident.
Longoria then began maneuvering the Honda from a parking spot while revving the engine. The officer instructed Longoria to turn the vehicle off but got no response.
The officer moved in front of the Honda only to be pushed backward as Longoria continued his attempts to leave. As the officer moved to the driver’s side of the car, he was struck by the mirror which broke off from the impact with the officer’s right arm.
Using his elbow, the officer smashed the driver’s side window in an effort to get Longoria to stop his vehicle. Instead of stopping, Longoria sped away, crashing into another vehicle parked at the gas station.
According to law enforcement radio transmissions, minutes later Longoria contacted 9-1-1 telling the call-receiver he had been assaulted by a police officer. It was learned he was heading to the Peace Arch US-Canada border crossing.
Ferndale Police said the Canada Border Services Agency detained Longoria when he attempted to cross the border illegally. Police then took custody and booked him into the Whatcom County Jail charged with 3rd degree assault, hit and run with injuries and hit and hit and run of an unattended vehicle.