A Ferndale man was arrested Wednesday, May 4, for allegedly helping a Blaine woman accused of assault to leave a medical appointment and flee instead of returning to Whatcom County jail.
Danny Allen Stroud, 42, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal justice assistance, a felony.
On Tuesday, May 3, about 2 p.m., 27-year-old Jessica Shockey of Blaine was temporarily released from Whatcom County jail to attend a medical appointment ordered by the Whatcom County Supreme Court, according to Deb Slater, a spokesperson for the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.
Shockey was incarcerated after allegedly hitting a police vehicle while driving a stolen car in mid-April, The Bellingham Herald previously reported.
Shockey was taken to her medical appointment by correctional staff and was due to return to jail immediately after her appointment, Slater said.
At around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, prison staff were informed that Shockey had run away from her appointment and that her location was unknown. Medical personnel told sheriff’s officers that Shockey left with a person named “Danny,” who was later identified as Stroud, Slater said.
Sheriff’s detectives were able to identify their vehicle and found it May 4 at 7200 block of North Enterprise Road, Slater said.
Stroud was in the front passenger seat and Shockey reportedly tried to hide under a jacket in the back seat. Stroud reportedly said he didn’t know Shockey had escaped prison, but only gave her a ride to Blaine, Slater said.
Both Stroud and Shockey were arrested without incident.