Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
State Patrol Seeking Witnesses to Bellingham Protests
The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to the protest that occurred on Interstate 5 in Bellingham on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
Around 12:25 p.m., on Saturday February 11, 2017, five cars stopped and blocked the northbound lanes of I-5 at milepost 253 for a demonstration. This hour-long event caused a four mile-long back-up along the two lane highway. 9-1-1 calls came into our communication center shortly after the protest began. Within 10 minutes after the initial call, an officer was on scene. Within 20 minutes, another officer arrived. At that point, there were about 100 demonstrators and just two troopers. Protesters used chains and pipes to bind themselves together along the highway.
When traffic started to flow following the demonstration, troopers responded to a five-car rollover collision about three miles south of mile post 253. One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries in that collision.
Washington State Patrol Detectives are seeking witnesses who directly observed the five vehicles that initially blocked traffic. They are also seeking witnesses who can help identify the protesters who were involved in this demonstration. Please contact Detective Kevin Nelson at 360-654-1143.