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Police arrest suspect in Highway 20 crash that killed 3

Alfredo Navarro III
Alfredo Navarro III COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

SEATTLE — Police have arrested the man suspected of causing a two-vehicle crash near Sedro-Woolley that killed three people, including a Bellingham woman, on May 23.

Alfredo Navarro Jr. III, 19, was arrested and booked into Skagit County Jail early Saturday, June 14 for three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault under the influence.

Navarro's arrest at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle came after law enforcement spent two and a half days searching for him. His bail is set at $1 million.

Navarro, who was also injured in the crash, was initially taken to Harborview for treatment of a fractured femur and pelvis, a neck fracture and a broken arm, according to Washington State Patrol.

He was released from Harborview on June 6, earlier than troopers had anticipated.

Starting June 10, the Skagit County Prosecutor planned to charge and summons Navarro to court. However, when officers attempted to serve a warrant for his arrest, Navarro was not found at the hospital or with either of his parents, according to state patrol.

Officers and U.S. Marshalls searched for Navarro until they received a tip around 11 p.m. Friday night that he was again being treated at Harborview.

Seattle Police responded and arrested Navarro for the warrant. Once Navarro was treated and declared fit for jail, he was transported by state patrol to Skagit County Jail, where he was booked around 3 a.m. Saturday.

According to a state patrol report, Navarro's eastbound Audi A4 crossed the center line around 5:10 a.m. May 23, on Highway 20 near Minkler Road, just east of Sedro-Woolley. Troopers suspect the car had been speeding when it slammed into a Ford Fusion driven by Frederick A. Brand, 65, of Concrete, according to troopers. Brand died that morning.

The Audi flipped into a ditch on the north side of the highway. Two passengers inside — Megan L. Brown, 21, of Bellingham, and Nicole A. Washington, 23, of Sedro-Woolley — died at the scene. Another man, Quinnton A. Baxter, 22, was critically injured in the crash.

Beer cans were found in the Audi, Trooper Mark Francis said. Navarro's blood was drawn after the crash, but test results have not been given to state patrol yet.

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