BELLINGHAM - A Bellingham man wanted for violating probation ran from police Friday, June 27, leading to a 40-minute manhunt in the Columbia and Birchwood neighborhoods.
Department of Corrections officers spotted Brezeddric A. Jamerson, 44, sitting in the passenger seat of a car around 10:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Roeder Avenue. He ran once officers tried to arrest him for an escape of community custody warrant, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.
A U.S. border helicopter happened to be getting ready to take off from Bellingham International Airport for routine patrol. So the aircrew offered to help with the search.
"Likely having them overhead kept him hunkered down," Vander Yacht said.
The low-flying helicopter crew spotted Jamerson getting "hung up," police said, in a thicket of blackberries nearby. A police dog and handler had just reached the scene and cornered Jamerson. He surrendered peacefully, but scraped up, at 11:12 a.m. Jamerson wasn't bitten by the dog, Vander Yacht said.
No one else was hurt.
Jamerson wasn't armed. He has eight past felonies on his record: attempted kidnapping, theft of a motor vehicle, possessing crack-cocaine, possessing heroin and more drug crimes.
Police caught him with drugs in his Cadillac in 2011. He tried to hide of baggie full of a "white substance," later identified as cocaine. Then he started acting strange - swearing, rocking back and forth while punching the inside of his car with both hands - before climbing over the center console to scramble out the passenger door. An officer shot him with a Taser before handcuffing him.
Court records list 15 aliases for Jamerson, most of them variations - Zeddie, Jeddie, Manzel, Antown, Antowyn - on his given names.