BELLINGHAM - A man with a history of running from police was arrested Wednesday night, April 10, after taking police on a 10-mile chase through south Bellingham and into Skagit County, according to the Bellingham Police Department.
Alan John Nord, 26, was booked into Whatcom County Jail on a Department of Corrections warrant and on investigation of attempting to elude, third-degree driving with a suspended license and two counts of methamphetamine possession.
Bellingham police received a tip that Nord, who had a warrant out for his arrest, was going to be at a home in the 3000 block of 30th Street on Wednesday afternoon, said police spokesman Mark Young.
Officers parked across the street from the home in an unmarked car and set up spike strips on the street north of the home in case Nord tried to flee. Nord got into his 1997 Honda Accord and went north on 30th, allegedly speeding up when he saw the officers, Young said. He drove over the spike strips, then turned onto Old Fairhaven Parkway going toward Lake Padden.
Several marked police cars joined the chase, as Nord allegedly drove over the speed limit, occasionally crossing the center line and running a stop sign at Wilkin Street and Samish Way, Young said. At about 6 p.m., a Whatcom County Sheriff's deputy was able to stop Nord - who by then was driving on rims after the spike strip had deflated his tires - near the Alger Shell station on Lake Samish Road.
Police used non-lethal, bean-bag-like rounds to break Nord's window after he refused to get out of the car, Young said. Nord allegedly refused to get on the ground and put his hands behind his back, so officers used more non-lethal rounds to place him under arrest. Two other people in the car weren't charged in connection to the chase.
In 2011, Nord pleaded guilty to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle after trying to flee a police car at speeds of 50 to 60 mph in Bellingham's York neighborhood, according to court documents. His criminal history includes convictions for possession of stolen property, attempting to elude, identity theft and third-degree assault.