A Blaine man asked a police officer for a ride in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, but instead he went directly to jail, authorities said.
As it turns out, the Bellingham Police officer realized that the man – later identified as 54-year-old Kevin Jonathan Green – resembled the suspect in a car theft about an hour earlier.
“(Green) approached the officer and says, ‘Hey, I crashed my car and I need a ride,’ ” said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks. “The Bellingham canine officer saw that (Green) matched the description of the suspect.”
Green was booked into Whatcom County Jail at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, and a controlled substance violation, according to jail records. He remained in custody Wednesday afternoon.
Parks said the drug charge alleges that Green was high on meth at the time of his arrest.
He said the incident began about 2 a.m. Wednesday as Green crashed his 2016 Hyundai Accent into a ditch on Van Wyck Road just east of Hannegan Road.
A woman was parked nearby, talking on her cellphone, when Green, armed with a tire iron, tried to jump in her car, Parks said.
“He tried to get in, holding the tire iron. She saw it and wouldn’t open the door,” Parks said.
Undaunted, Green looked across the street and saw a 1996 Buick Regal idling in the driveway of a home.
“(The owner) had just arrived home and left it running while they went into the house for a minute,” Parks said. “Green assaulted him, pushed him to the ground, and took off with his car,” Parks said.
Green wrecked that car a few miles away at Noon and Van Wyck roads near Mount Baker Highway, and walked. He later encountered the Bellingham cop patrolling the area, Parks said.