Man arrested after high-speed chase on I-5, Bellingham streets


FERNDALE - A traffic stop for a burned-out brake light led to a high-speed chase and arrest Saturday night, June 14, according to the Ferndale Police Department.

A Ferndale officer who saw a car with a brake light out pulled over Ryan Solomon at about 10:50 p.m. in the 1300 block of Slater Road, near Rural Avenue.

During the stop, the officer realized that Solomon, 35, had a suspended license and should be arrested. When the officer went to grab Solomon's arm, Solomon pulled free and sped off, Sgt. Kevin Davis said. The officer got back into his car and pursued Solomon, who got on Interstate 5 heading south and reportedly hit speeds of about 100 mph.

Solomon took the Bakerview Road exit and turned onto Bennett Drive and Cedarwood Avenue, where his car reached speeds of 70 to 80 mph. The chase lasted less than 10 minutes before Solomon ditched his car at the dead end of Cherry Street, hopping out before it rolled into a barrier, Davis said. He ran into a wooded ravine, and a Bellingham police dog was able to track him.

Solomon, who lives on the Lummi Reservation, was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of third-degree driving with a suspended license, attempting to elude, obstructing an officer and resisting arrest.

Reach ZOE FRALEY at or call 756-2803.

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