A Ferndale man was arrested Sunday after he refused to move out of the way of a Whatcom Transportation Authority bus and ran from police, authorities said Monday.
Manuel Guillen, 48, was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct.
A WTA official called Bellingham Police shortly after midnight Sunday to report a man refusing to move out of the way of a bus that was parked at the downtown bus station.
Police said the man, later identified as Guillen, was repeatedly told by officers to move to the sidewalk, but he refused and stayed in front of the bus, according to Lt. Danette Beckley.
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At one point, Guillen sat on the bumper of the bus. A taser was deployed three times – all “unsuccessful” – and Guillen ran, Beckley said.
Officers chased Guilen, and caught up with him outside the downtown station, where a fight ensued. Beckley said an officer suffered a sore arm and hip and another officer suffered scratches and soreness.
Guillen had a bloody cheek, likely from the fall while fighting with officers, Beckley said.
Beckley said officers believed Guillen was under the influence of “something,” as he had been acting oddly before he got in front of the bus.