3 hospitalized in suspected DUI crash on Mount Baker Highway

Three people were hospitalized in a suspected drunk-driving crash Monday night, Nov. 23, on Mount Baker Highway near Highway 9.

Nicky Lee Millard, 42, of Lynden, was heading west on Mount Baker Highway in a 2007 Honda Civic at about 9 p.m. Monday when he crossed the center line on a curve. His car sideswiped an eastbound 2005 Chevrolet pickup that had swerved to the shoulder in an attempt to avoid a collision, according to Washington State Patrol.

The pickup truck, driven by 65-year-old Lane A. Bode of Maple Falls, went into a ditch on the southeast side of the intersection.

Millard’s car hit the guardrail on the southwest side of the intersection.

Both men and Faye E. Locke, 36, a passenger in Millard’s car, were transported to St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham. They were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. Locke was not wearing a seat belt, and troopers were unsure whether Millard had a seat belt on at the time of the crash. Bode was wearing a seat belt.

Troopers said the cause of the crash was due to suspected drunk driving and excessive speed. Millard was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault.

Both vehicles were totaled and impounded.