Van driver accused of ramming pickup truck

The driver of a van is accused of chasing a down a car and ramming it multiple times in the Oak Harbor area, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Chris A. Fakkema, 37, in Island County Superior Court Feb. 12 with assault in the second degree, hit and run, reckless driving and driving while license revoked.

Fakkema could face up to 364 days in jail if convicted of the charges.

A trooper with the Washington State Patrol investigated a hit-and-run collision that was reported by multiple witnesses in the early afternoon of July 5.

The victim claimed he was driving in his pickup with Fakkema’s ex-girlfriend when Fakkema started following them, the trooper’s report states. The man drove north on State Highway 20 to get away but was stopped by the traffic light at the intersection with Ault Field Road.

Fakkema allegedly rammed him from behind three times and yelled, “I’m going to kill you,” the report said. Both vehicles suffered serious damage.

A witness said the van was all over the road during the incident and nearly caused multiple collisions.

The victim then chased the van as it turned onto Sleeper Road while calling 911. The emergency dispatcher told him to stop following the van, which he did.

Police found the abandoned van parked in a gravel access road off Sleeper Road. Later that afternoon Fakkema reported to police that his van had been stolen, the report states.

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