One dead, driver arrested as car flips into Nooksack slough

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One person is dead and a Blaine man is under arrest after an early morning car wreck Wednesday in the waters of the Nooksack River Delta on the Lummi Reservation, officials said.

Trooper Heather Axtman of the Washington State Patrol confirmed that the passenger died in the crash, which was reported at 5:08 a.m. Wednesday at 4461 Lummi Shore Drive.

Axtman said the passenger, who was wearing a seat belt, hasn't been identified and relatives haven't been notified.

The driver had recently been released from jail.

Logan Slade Carmona, 29, was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and a Department of Corrections detainer.

A Washington State Patrol report said Carmona was driving a red 1997 Honda Civic headed west on Lummi Shore toward Haxton Way when he missed a curve, flipped and sank into Smuggler Slough.

Assistant Chief Bill Hewett of the Bellingham Fire Department said the car was upside down in the half-light of dawn when firefighters arrived.

"Just the bottom was sticking out of the water," Hewett said.

Hewett said a Lummi Nation Police Department officer swam into water, dived into the car, hauled the passenger out, and began resuscitation efforts.

"The (officer) did an extraordinary job," Hewett said. "When crews arrived, he had (the person) out of the water and was doing CPR."

Hewett said the driver freed himself from the wreckage and swam to shore.

He wasn't wearing a seat belt.

Carmona went by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital and was booked into jail at 8:41 a.m. Wednesday.

He remained in custody Wednesday.

Carmona pleaded guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court to felony car theft and drug charges, under a March 1 plea bargain.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail on concurrent terms that began immediately after his plea.

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The emergency services app Pulse Point shows the location of the wreck and fire department units that were dispatched. Staff The Bellingham Herald