Man in motorhome charged with ramming into Bellingham police SUVs, leading officers in pursuit
Bellingham Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a man wanted for ramming officers’ police SUVs and then leading them on a chase while driving a motorhome , according to the police department.
Marco Salinas of Ferndale is 37 years old. He was last seen driving a 1986 Ford motorhome with Washington license plate #ADD6289. The vehicle is beige with two distinct horizontal dark stripes, an air conditioning unit on top and a rear passenger side door.
Salinas is wanted for:
Two counts of first-degree assault.
Two counts of attempted first-degree assault.
Two counts of second-degree malicious mischief.
Attempt to escape from a police vehicle.
Bellingham officers said they saw Salinas in a petrol station motorhome shortly after he was identified as a theft suspect and knew he had warrants for malicious mischief/harassment relating to domestic violence and second degree robbery / refusal to obey an officer.
Police said he also appeared to be impaired and was suspected of impaired driving.
An officer attempted to stop Salinas in the 4200 block of Meridian, but Salinas rolled back, slammed into a wall, quickly accelerated and rammed the police SUV head-on, damaging it, officers said.
It then rammed a second occupied police SUV head-on, also damaging it.
Both officers are unharmed.
As Salinas drove away, he ran several red lights and intentionally swerved into the path of another police SUV, but the officer driving was able to avoid the suspect. Police say Salinas again swerved in an attempt to hit a fourth patrolman who was on the shoulder as Salinas pulled into the freeway. The policeman was able to step aside to avoid being hit.
Police said Salinas continued to run from officers and drove recklessly through parking lots, alleys and down the road, at one point heading towards pedestrians as if to hit them. He then headed downtown.
At that point, officers ended the pursuit, turned off their lights, and pulled over as Salinas continued to flee in his RV.
The police ask Salinas to surrender peacefully to the authorities.
Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911 immediately.
If you have any information about its location, you are welcome to use Bellingham PD’s online advice form here: www.cob.org/tips or call 360-778-8611.