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Pickup driver arrested after rollover crash on Roeder Avenue

BELLINGHAM - A 57-year-old man faces charges of reckless driving and driving under the influence after a rollover crash Thursday night, Feb. 27, on Roeder Avenue.

Witnesses told police the Ford Ranger driven by Thomas Peter Tom had been speeding at 60 mph in a 35 mph zone around 9:40 p.m. on Roeder, near the intersection with Coho Way.

The truck, which had a canopy in the back, couldn't navigate through the S-curve at that speed and flipped, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht. The truck may have rolled more than once before landing on its side.

Despite serious damage to the truck's cab, Tom and a 24-year-old woman in the passenger seat escaped with mere scrapes and bruises. Police suspect Tom, a resident of Scott Road on the Lummi Reservation, was intoxicated. He was taken to St. Joseph hospital as a precaution and to have his blood drawn.

Tom has 88 prior court cases statewide for infractions, citations and petty crimes. He's never been charged with a felony in Washington state courts.



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