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Police: Driver 'took off like a rocket' before crash by WWU

BELLINGHAM — A high-speed police pursuit near Western Washington University lasted hardly a mile Friday evening, April 4, before the driver crashed into a tree in the median of Bill McDonald Parkway.

An officer tried to pull over a dark red Mercury Grand Marquis around 5:30 p.m. near Bill McDonald and Samish Way because the driver had been squealing the car's wheels and driving recklessly, said WWU Police Sgt. Ron Carpenter.

But instead of stopping, the Mercury "took off like a rocket" uphill toward WWU's campus, Carpenter said. The driver pulled a U-turn near Sehome High School. The car briefly headed east before it fishtailed and drove into the grassy, tree-lined median. Its back driver's side slammed side into a tree trunk.

The fleeing man — identified as Skylor Allen Ferry, 25, of Bellingham — ran east about 50 yards before police shot at him with a Taser. Only one barb from the stun gun hit him. So he didn't get shocked, according to police. Officers caught up to Ferry and arrested him on suspicion of attempting to elude police and driving under the influence.

Inside the Mercury, police found a half-empty fifth of Jack Daniel's whiskey, and Ferry showed showed signs of intoxication, Carpenter said. The driver didn't need to go the hospital for his minor injuries, and no one else was in the car.

Ferry has felonies on his record for domestic violence crimes. On Friday he told officers he's on probation. Court records show as of last year he lived on 32nd Street, a half-mile from the crash scene.

Eastbound traffic on Bill McDonald was rerouted until a tow truck could move the car.

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