Whatcom sheriff’s sergeant injured by suspected drunk driver

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Mede was sent to the hospital after his patrol vehicle was hit by an alleged drunken driver for the second time in less than two years.

Just after 8:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, Mede was in a turn lane on Alabama Street waiting to turn onto Cornwall Avenue. His patrol vehicle was hit by a 2007 Dodge Caliber on Cornwall that ran a red light at Alabama, the Washington State Patrol said. The Dodge also hit another vehicle traveling through the intersection.

Mede, 40, was taken to St. Joseph hospital. His injuries were not disclosed.

Dawn G. Samora, 48, of Concrete was booked into Whatcom County Jail on Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence following the collision. The driver of the third vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Pickup, was not injured in the crash.

Mede’s patrol car, a 2014 Ford Explorer, was totaled with front-end damage. Samora’s car also was totaled, according to state patrol.

Mede had been hit by an alleged drunken driver that ran a red light in July 2013 and was hospitalized with a severe concussion. He did not return to full duty for several months, according to Sheriff Bill Elfo. That crash occurred at the intersection of Dupont and F streets.

Elfo said he visited Mede early Saturday morning in the hospital and spoke to him but declined to give any information about Mede’s injuries. Mede was still receiving hospital treatment, Elfo said, and was in stable condition.

Elfo said Mede has been with Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office for roughly 18 years.