A man arrested on suspicion of burglary, assault and other charges early Thursday, Oct. 13, had escaped Washington State Patrol troopers during a pursuit earlier this month.
Guillermo Sotelo Nunez, 19, of Ferndale was booked into Whatcom County Jail just after 4 a.m. The arrest came after Ferndale police officers were dispatched to the Super 8 motel at 5788 Barrett Road following reports of a fight, Lt. Matt Huffman said. Sotelo Nunez had assaulted his girlfriend, Huffman said, adding that he had no further details.
Sotelo Nunez had also tried to force his way into a room at the hotel, resulting in the burglary charge, Huffman said. Sotelo Nunez had a handgun at the time of his arrest, but there was no indication he had used it when he tried to force his way into the room, Huffman added.
More than a week before his arrest, on Oct. 5, Sotelo Nunez escaped troopers after a vehicle chase, said Sgt. Mark Francis, a State Patrol spokesman. At around 3 a.m. that day near Pacific Highway and West Smith Road in Ferndale, troopers tried to pull Sotelo Nunez over for driving 85 mph in a 70-mph zone.
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A 15-year-old girl was in the passenger seat of the car, Francis said.
With the help of a dog from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, troopers and deputies found Sotelo Nunez’s passenger near another nearby cul-de-sac off St. Helens Lane, Francis said. The girl gave Sotelo Nunez’s name to troopers and deputies before she was booked on a juvenile warrant.
Sotelo Nunez was booked on 12 charges Thursday. Some of those were warrants from previous incidents, Huffman said.