Woman reportedly evaded 5 Whatcom law enforcement agencies

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A woman walked into the Blaine Police Department and surrendered within two hours after apparently managing to evade five Whatcom County law enforcement agencies.

Monica Megan Matheny, 28, was sentenced to Whatcom County Jail on August 26 on suspicion of evading police vehicles and was released later the same day on recognizance.

At approximately 11:09 p.m. on Aug. 25, a Blaine officer clocked a Honda Accord doing 52 mph in a 25 mph zone in the 1200 block of Peace Portal Drive, according to Whatcom County Superior Court documents.

The officer attempted to stop the Accord, and the driver reduced his speed to 35 mph in a 35 zone, according to the documents, and the officer was able to note the license plate, which returned to Matheny.

But rather than stopping, the Accord accelerated to 50 mph and the officer pushed at speeds of up to 60 mph, documents show.

At Hughes Avenue, the Accord ran into a turning truck, documents show, and the Accord driver slowed to about 15 mph, before swerving into the other lane of traffic to steer around it.

The chase continued down I-5 southbound and reached speeds of 80 mph, before the officer ended the chase at about mile marker 273, documents show. Although the officer said he did not see Accord’s driver, he called Washington State Patrol to report the location of the vehicle.

The officer then received information that the Ferndale Police Department, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, Bellingham Police Department and State Patrol had all tried to stop the deal, but the driver refused to stop, according to the documents, but two sheriff’s deputies and a state trooper positively identified Matheny as the driver.

At around 12:50 p.m. on August 26 – less than two hours after the initial attempt to stop the Accord – Matheny surrendered to Officer Blaine and she was placed under arrest. Matheny allegedly admitted to the officer that she had been speeding and evaded the police.

David Rasbach joined the Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.

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