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Suicidal man drowns in Drayton Harbor after police chase

A man threatening suicide led police on a chase, crashed his truck into Drayton Harbor and drowned while trapped inside late Friday, May 22, according to the Washington State Patrol.

A Blaine police officer began pursuit of a red truck driven by 30-year-old Kyle Green around 11:55 p.m. Friday after Green’s ex-girlfriend called minutes earlier with concerns that he intended to drive off the Blaine pier and kill himself, WSP spokesman Mark Francis said.

Green, of Blaine, took off when he saw the patrol car following him, Francis said. His truck reached speeds of 70 mph in a 25 mph zone and blew past several stop signs. The officer pursued for roughly one mile until the truck slammed into barricades blocking the pier. The truck rolled over and landed in the water upside down with Green inside.

Green, who was wearing a seat belt, sustained major injuries in the crash. The Blaine police officer and a Border Patrol officer tried to rescue him but couldn’t get him out of the truck, Francis said. The water was up to their chests.

Firefighters arrived within 10 minutes and pried the door open, but Green was already dead.

Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel said Green died from drowning, not from the injuries he sustained in the crash. He called the death a suicide.

A relative speaking for Green’s family Tuesday declined to comment.

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