Police Department Reports, September 10-16, 2020

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August 30, 10:09 p.m.: Officers were notified by U.S. Border Patrol agents of a hit and run in the 1600 block range of D Street. Officers determined the suspect backed his vehicle into two portable toilets near a construction site, causing damage to the attached handwashing station. Border agents advised they were actively following the suspect driver southbound on I-5. Blaine officers and a U.S. Border Patrol agent conducted a traffic stop on the suspect who admitted to backing into the portable toilets on purpose. The driver was also investigated by the Washington State Patrol for suspicion of driving under the influence and determined to not be impaired. Officers arrested, cited and released the individual with a mandatory court date. Officers cleared with no further incident.

August 30, 10:08 p.m.: Blaine officers contacted an individual during a traffic stop on I-5 in possession of suspected marijuana. The individual was not 21 years of age and charges were forwarded for review to the Whatcom County District Court.

August 31, 6:00 a.m.: A citizen contacted police when he arrived at work and realized he did not have his work tablet and assumed it fell off in Blaine. Officers located the lost item on I-5 in less than
desirable condition.

August 31, 3:15 p.m.: A citizen came to the Blaine Police Department to turn in a cellphone they had found in Birch Bay. The owner was located and will arrange to collect the phone.

September 1, 12:08 a.m.: Officers on routine patrol observed a vehicle traveling on the roadway with a listed registered owner showing a suspended license status in Washington. Officers stopped the vehicle and determined the driver was not the registered owner and he was allowed to leave. Officers ran the driver for warrants and determined he had several warrants for his arrest and a suspended license status. Officers re-contacted the driver. He was placed under arrest and taken to the Whatcom County Jail without incident.

September 1, 12:09 a.m.: Blaine Police Department officers contacted an individual during a traffic stop in the 500 block of Cedar Street. The individual was found to have a warrant for his arrest and was taken into custody. The individual was booked into Whatcom County Jail.

September 1, 11:52 a.m.: Blaine officers were dispatched to the post office for a report of a man using a cellphone to record inside the building. Officers spoke with the post office staff and the man recording, and clarified that recording in a public space without being disorderly was lawful. Officers cleared without further issue.

September 1, 3:25 p.m.: Blaine officers were dispatched to a fight in progress at the Blaine Skate Park. Officers arrived and contacted the 16-year-old male suspect who was briefly detained while officers investigated the assault. The juvenile was released to his parent once the investigation was complete. Both the suspect and “victim” were at fault in this incident as the victim instigated the attempted assault by his words and actions. Charges will be forwarded to the Whatcom County Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office for consideration.

September 2, 2:26 p.m.: Blaine Police Department officers responded to a reported hit and run collision in the area of Steen Street and Harrison Avenue. Officers were advised an individual had fled from the collision. The individual was located approximately one block from the collision location was arrested for driving under the influence in addition to other violations.

September 3, 12:30 a.m.: A Blaine officer responded to an attempted burglary that occurred earlier in the 600 block of 9th Street. The victim believes he heard someone try to enter his house when he was laying down. The victim found handprints on the outside of two of his windows. The handprints were smeared and officers were unable to lift fingerprints. At this time, there is no suspect.

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