Crime

She attempted to leave, but Rusty Wagon customers blocked her exit until police arrived

Rusty Wagon customers on Hannegan Road blocked a car that had become stuck nearby after a suspected DUI hit and run, preventing the driver from leaving until Whatcom sheriff’s deputies arrived.
Rusty Wagon customers on Hannegan Road blocked a car that had become stuck nearby after a suspected DUI hit and run, preventing the driver from leaving until Whatcom sheriff’s deputies arrived. The Bellingham Herald file

Chalk one up for the patrons of the Rusty Wagon restaurant, a family-owned eatery along Hannegan Road, who blocked a car in a suspected DUI hit and run, preventing the 67-year-old female driver from leaving until Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies arrived.

Lucy Farwell of Deming was booked into Whatcom County Jail Thursday on suspicion of DUI and hit and run of an unattended vehicle, according to jail records, and is being held in lieu of $1,000 bail.

According to information provided to The Bellingham Herald by Chief Deputy Kevin Hester, at approximately 7:18 p.m. Farwell got into her 1998 Subaru Impreza after drinking at home and at the Rusty Wagon and drove onto Hannegan Road, heading south. She reportedly struck a mailbox and entered a parking lot just north of East Pole Road, where she struck a sign belonging to the Two Sisters Koffie stand, causing approximately $1,000 in damage.

Farwell then reportedly drove around the Collage Consign second-hand store to an alley on the store’s north side and headed east through the alley back to Hannegan Road, where, without stopping, she allegedly ran in front of a car that was heading south. The car was unable to stop and hit the Subaru.

Farwell then allegedly drove north on Hannegan for a short distance, before driving off the east side of the roadway and got her car stuck in a pile of gravel.

It was there, Hester said, that the Rusty Wagon patrons stepped in and blocked her car in so it could not leave until deputies arrived.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.
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