Officers arrest Nicholas M. Bailey following a car chase that led them from Ferndale to Blaine through Custer. The stolen car, left, sustained some damage.  (Courtesy photos/Blaine Police Department)

Ferndale man in jail for taking classic Chevelle from driveway, and much more

  WHATCOM — A Ferndale man is in jail after stealing a car and leading police on a chase that ended in Blaine.

  At about 6 a.m. Sunday morning, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the 1000 block of Slater Road on the reported theft of a motor vehicle, according to a WCSO press release. The homeowner there had awakened to the sound of his black 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS being started and then speeding out of his driveway westbound on Slater Road.

  The reporting party had restored the Chevelle and it was valued around $50,000.

  Deputies took a stolen vehicle report and the car’s owner also put out the word about the theft of his Chevelle among his friends and on social media.

  About two hours later, someone who saw a posting reported that the stolen vehicle was at a residence in the 1900 block of Conifer Drive off Enterprise Road north of Ferndale. The witness reported that someone known as “Nic” was driving it. Deputies responded to the area, and then more reports came in of the vehicle spotted around Custer.

  Adding to the drama, the Chevelle’s owner called in to say that he was following the stolen car and then reported that the vehicle had rammed him into a ditch when he tried to pin it in at the dead end of Stein Road. Another caller reported being struck by the stolen vehicle when it failed to negotiate a high-speed turn at an intersection.

  Around 9 a.m., deputies located the Chevelle traveling at a high speed on Birch Bay-Lynden Road. Deputies tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused and fled. The pursuit continued toward Blaine, where Blaine Police and Washington State Patrol officers succeeded in boxing the car in at Peace Portal Drive and Hughes Avenue, where officers took Nicholas M. Bailey, 28, of Ferndale, into custody.

  Bailey was booked into Whatcom County Jail on multiple charges, including theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, second-degree assault, hit-and-run to an attended vehicle, and felony eluding.

  The stolen Chevelle received some damage in the chase, but it was drivable and returned to its owner. There were no injuries during the incident.