She had too much to drink and drove with her child in the car, authorities say.


A Ferndale-area woman is facing drunken-driving, child endangerment and other charges after a hit-run collision Wednesday afternoon.

No one was injured in the crash, which occurred about 2:15 p.m. in the 1000 block of Portal Way, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks.

Tracy Rene Bass, 35, was arrested in the 1700 block of Matz Road after she rear-ended a 2015 Fiat and kept going, Parks said. He said the Fiat driver called 911 and then followed Bass’ 2003 Impala.

Two deputies found the cars, which were stopped near Bass’ home, Parks said.

Both drivers were out of their cars and discussing the incident, Parks said.

In the Impala was Bass’ 9-year-old son, he added.

Parks said Bass admitted being too drunk to drive and deputies found a nearly empty bottle of MD 20/20 Peaches and Cream in her car.

Bass refused a Breathalyzer test, Parks said.

According to Whatcom County court records, Bass has two previous convictions for DUI – one in 2001 and one in 2017.

Parks said the deputies’ report didn’t say whether the drivers were wearing their seatbelts or if the boy was in a car seat. The boy was placed in the custody of his grandparents.

Bass remained jailed Thursday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence, hit and run of an attended vehicle, reckless endangerment, second-degree driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance.

Bail totaled $10,000 on all the charges.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty