Teen rear-ends state patrol car on I-5 in Bellingham

A 17-year-old boy driving without insurance or a valid license rear-ended a Washington State Patrol car that had stopped to clear a chair off Interstate 5 on Thursday morning, April 16, the Washington State Patrol said.

Around 10 a.m., a trooper pulled over near the Meridian Street exit on I-5 after he noticed a chair blocking traffic. He stopped at the shoulder and turned on his patrol car lights while he waited for traffic to clear. A 1991 Subaru Legacy slammed into his patrol car, a 2012 Chevrolet Caprice, Washington State Patrol spokesman Travis Shearer said.

The high school student had lost control of the Subaru, but he was able to brake before hitting the car, Shearer said. The trooper, driver and an 18-year-old passenger in the Subaru were uninjured.

The Subaru’s front end was smashed and had at least $1,000 in damage, Shearer said.

Troopers cited the teen for negligent driving in the second degree, no valid operator’s license and driving without insurance, Shearer said.