Out on bond for less than a week on charges of dealing meth and heroin, police in Bellingham arrested 50-year-old James Louis Nickerson, drunk in a field behind his home, early Thursday morning - based on the suspicion he used a metal bat to beat his live-in girlfriend, and later pointed a handgun at her.
Authorities accuse Nickerson of the aforementioned violence, and also temporarily trapping his victimized girlfriend of three years inside the home they shared - where she was held until approximatley 2 a.m. Thursday morning, when she was able to escape out a bedroom window and seek refuge and aid at a neighbor's house.
Naturally, police quickly swooped in. And, naturally, it was all downhill from there for Nickerson.
As the Bellingham Herald reports:
Police found Nickerson hiding in a field behind his home. He was arrested on investigation of assault in the first degree and unlawful imprisonment. Young said Nickerson was drunk at the time.
Officers impounded the bat. Reports filed by police Thursday afternoon didn't say if they had found a gun.
While police tell the Herald the woman's injuries were serious, Bellingham Police spokesman Mark Young was not sure whether she was taken to the hospital.
Thanks to a 2009 conviction for trying to steal a Volkswagen Jetta, if police can prove Nickerson used a gun during his latest crime he could face charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.