Whatcom County, WA – The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a burglary in progress around 11 p.m. on Sunday, October 7th, 2018 at Pak A Nut Storage in the 800 block of Marine Drive in Whatcom County.
The owner of the storage unit business had called 9-1-1 to report two burglary suspects inside a storage unit at the business that he was watching remotely by CCTV surveillance cameras. While Deputies were in route to the business, the owner notified dispatchers that the suspects had left the business in a red SUV and he provided a direction of travel.
One of the Responding Deputies saw a red Ford Expedition in the area and attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the Expedition sped off with the Deputy following in pursuit.
The Driver entered Interstate 5 at West Bakerview and led multiple police agencies on a high-speed chase, reaching speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The driver tried to prevent Deputies from using a P.I.T. Maneuver on the vehicle and Troopers with the Washington State Patrol set up Spike Strips on I-5 near Cook Road in Skagit County. The driver exited I-5, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a field before both suspects were taken into custody.
Troopers identified the female driver as 27-year old Hannah E. Tripp of Lynnwood and the male as 32-year old Joon M. Kang of Lynnwood. Both Suspect were booked into the Whatcom County Jail for suspicion of Eluding a police vehicle, second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. KANG was also booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and second-degree possession of stolen property.
According to the Bellingham Herald, during the course of the investigation, Deputies found the license plates had been switched off a car reported stolen in Seattle, and Deputies recovered Welding Gas Cylinders taken from the storage unit. The renters of the storage unit confirmed the unit contained welding cylinders.