They tried to stop him three times, but he kept driving the wrong way


An Alaskan man was arrested early Monday after he repeatedly refused to stop his vehicle while driving the wrong-way on Interstate 5, according to a Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Jonathan Richard Baird, 20, was booked on suspicion of reckless driving, resisting arrest and attempting to elude a police vehicle.

Around 4:30 a.m. Monday, nine people called 911 to report a blue 1994 Honda Civic was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Birch Bay Lynden Road. A WCSO deputy tried to get the driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as Baird, to stop near milepost 264, the news release indicated.

A Ferndale Police officer also attempted to stop Baird near milepost 263 by pulling in front of him, but Baird kept driving, authorities said. Spike strips were deployed near the Main Street overpass. Two of Baird’s tires popped, but he kept driving south in the northbound lanes, according to the news release.

Deputies used a technique called the PIT maneuver to stop Baird’s vehicle.

Stopped, Baird still ignored the deputies. A bean-bag was used to break the rear window of his vehicle, according to the release.

Baird was driving approximately 30 mph during the incident. He allegedly admitted he saw the deputies trying to stop him, but he chose to ignore them.

Baird was not intoxicated at the time, authorities said.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt