Whatcom sheriff’s office: Woman fends off boyfriend trying to slam car into traffic

A passenger took the wheel of his girlfriend’s car and tried steering it into oncoming traffic on Mount Baker Highway on Saturday, May 16, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Izack James Mills, 23, was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault and felony harassment following an argument he had with his girlfriend while she was driving, said Jeff Parks, Whatcom County undersheriff.

Mills was in the passenger seat of a white Volvo station wagon traveling more than 50 mph on the highway around 9:30 p.m. Saturday when he grabbed the wheel from his girlfriend, swerved into oncoming traffic, then tried driving into a ditch on the side of the road, Parks said.

The girlfriend fended him off and threw his cellphone out the window to distract him before safely stopping the car near Everson Goshen Road, Parks said. She texted her mother, who then called 911. The girlfriend described a history of domestic violence in the relationship and told deputies Mills has threatened to kill her.

Mills remained in Whatcom County Jail on Monday.