Crime

3 hurt, 1 arrested after crash northeast of Bellingham

A Bellingham driver was arrested after a crash injured three people and totaled two cars late Sunday, June 26, on East Kelly Road.

Christopher Lee Freas, 49, of Bellingham was driving a Dodge Stratus west on Kelly when he blew through a stop sign around 10 p.m., according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Stratus collided with a northbound 2005 Ford Five Hundred at Everson Goshen Road.

Both cars were totaled.

The red Ford came to rest in a ditch. Two men inside were hurt: the driver Kenneth Robert Klander, 53, of Richland, had a broken left wrist; a passenger Robert W. White, 54, of Bellingham, suffered pain in his back and neck, scrapes, and bruising, according to authorities.

Freas, a property manager for Apex Property Management, was treated for minor injuries, too. Troopers reported he failed field sobriety tests, struggled to keep his balance, and smelled like intoxicants, according to a probable cause statement read in court.

Freas was booked into jail around 5 a.m. Monday to face charges of vehicular assault and driving under the influence. A search warrant was granted to draw his blood, to determine if Freas had alcohol in his body. Often those tests take weeks to complete.

All three men were wearing seat belts, troopers said.

The speed limit on that stretch of Kelly is 35 mph. On Everson Goshen, it’s 50 mph. Cars headed north and south don’t have to stop at the intersection.

Superior Court Commissioner Alfred Heydrich set bail at $2,000. If he’s released, Freas won’t be allowed to consume intoxicants or to drive without a valid license.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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