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The patrol car that stopped the fugitive ended up off the road, but not damaged. (Courtesy photo)

Passenger flees in vehicle stopped on Mt. Baker Hwy.

WHATCOM ­— A fleeing vehicle got to speeds over 100 mph on Kendall Road before law officers stopped it with a PIT maneuver on South Pass Road around noon Friday, Dec. 18. 

The public information officer of the Washington State Patrol tweeted the action that day and social media picked up on the story.

This was the account of what happened: A WSP trooper stopped a vehicle on the Mount Baker Highway at Kendall Road for a traffic violation and found the driver’s license was suspended. While the driver was being taken into custody, the passenger in the vehicle hopped into the driver’s seat and fled the scene. Everson Police spotted the vehicle going over 100 mph toward Sumas on Kendall Road/State Route 547. The fugitive vehicle swerved at a border agent vehicle in the chase, nearly striking it. The fleeing vehicle was located by a Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputy and spiked by an Everson officer. WSP troopers pursued the vehicle, once spiked, west on South Pass Road at up to 60 mph. A PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver was performed, bringing the fugitive vehicle to a stop. The trooper’s vehicle slid into mud off the roadway, but sustained no damage.

The fleeing driver of the vehicle was booked into Whatcom County Jail on investigation of taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission, being a felon in possession of a firearm, not having ignition interlock in place, and a variety of other crimes, the patrol said.

Whatcom County Jail booking records showed Terrence James Lee booked on nine charges in all, from eluding to driving with a suspended license. He was held without bail to appear in court on the charges.