Police Beat

Two vehicle drivers, apparently engaged in a road rage incident, forcing a delivery truck off Highway 20 prompting it to roll over on its side.

Officers were called to a rollover accident on Highway 20 near Thompson Road just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29. One caller reported two vans had run a delivery truck off the road. The delivery truck was on its side on the shoulder of the highway when officers arrived. The driver appeared to be uninjured and was tended to by medics. After talking with the two van drivers, officers determined road rage contributed to the collision, which forced the vans into the delivery truck. Both van drivers, a 64-year-old Anacortes man and a 59-year-old Lynnwood man, were arrested on charges of reckless driving. One also faces charges of driving with a suspended license and not having insurance.  Officers noted that based on statements of all involved, the truck driver was operating his vehicle lawfully and could not have done anything to avoid the accident.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported on this week.

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

A 60-year-old Oak Harbor woman was transported to Island Hospital for a mental health evaluation after officers came across her vehicle stopped in the middle of the road on 37th Street just before 3 a.m. Her passenger noted she previously hit a barrier in a parking lot and struck a roundabout head-on and the vehicle went airborne. The woman reportedly made nonsensical and off-topic statements while talking with officers. They did not believe it was safe for her to drive.

A 47-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on charges of attempting to elude, driving with a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing law enforcement after reportedly eluding officers attempting to make a traffic stop. An officer noted her driving a vehicle around 11:45 a.m. and knew her license was suspended. After the officer turned around to get behind the vehicle, it reportedly accelerated rapidly and turned. The officer followed. The driver was speeding and going through stop signs and eventually pulled into a dead-end street. She jumped out of the car and ran behind a home. After a brief foot chase, an officer later caught up with her after she ran into a relative’s home. She was arrested. A search revealed numerous used needles on her person. Her vehicle was impounded for officers to apply for a search warrant, which resulted in the discovery of additional drug paraphernalia.

Employees at a local grocery store turned in more than two years’ worth of property collected in the store’s lost and found. Officers were able to return some of the property. The remaining items, which include a wallet, membership cards, and credit cards, were booked into evidence pending more research to contact the owners.

A concerned resident called police just before midnight after seeing a woman standing in the roadway and a man standing on the sidewalk yelling at the woman. Officers contacted the 34-year-old woman and 40-year-old man, who were arguing about a cell phone. Officers confirmed no theft had taken place and the incident was only verbal. Both parties agreed to separate.

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

A resident called police around 8:30 a.m. to report two unknown large dogs lying in front of the door. The animal control officer immediately recognized the dogs, which have been picked up for running at large on multiple occasions. The owner had previously been cited and was cited again. The animal control officer offered suggestions on keeping the dogs on the owner’s property.

A resident on 39th Street called to report suspicious activity overnight. He heard something at 3 a.m. and upon investigating the next morning found someone had attempted to remove the screws in his back gate. The gate is secured with a padlock and removing the hinges would have allowed access to the back yard. He noted there is nothing worth stealing in the yard. He requested extra patrols during darkness.

Someone reported finding people camping adjacent to her duplex overnight near the high school. She requested extra patrols and was told to call 911 if they return.

An officer noticed a vehicle parked in a gravel lot with foggy windows just before midnight. The officer contacted a man and woman in the car and noticed a used syringe on the floor. The 25-year-old man and 23-year-old woman both had warrants. The man told officers he is a daily heroin user and last used just before getting into the car. The woman said the needle found on the floor belonged to her and that there would be a sharps container with additional drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The vehicle was towed for officers to obtain a search warrant, which resulted in suspected heroin and additional drug paraphernalia being found in the vehicle. Both people were booked into jail.

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

A $150 reciprocating saw was reported stolen out of a Jeep parked on Michelle Lane. The owner reported someone entered the unlocked Jeep and rummaged through the vehicle, taking the power saw.

A resident complained of a neighbor feeding deer and attracting rats to the area. The caller was referred to the building department for a code violation and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. It is legal to feed deer.

A $100 bill and Oakley sunglasses were reported stolen out of an unlocked vehicle parked on Portage Lane.

Two vehicle key fobs and additional keys were reported stolen out of an unlocked vehicle parked on Marine Heights Way. The owner reported the vehicle had been ransacked.

Police are working to identify two people who tried to steal two carts full of food from a grocery store. One man left the store and got away with a cart full of un-bagged groceries. The other man left the store shortly after and was stopped by an employee. He reportedly rolled the cart toward the employee and left the area.

A church employee reported a vehicle had driven over a grass field, leaving behind large ruts. The plan is to fill the ruts with soil. There are no suspects.

An unlocked vehicle was reportedly ransacked while parked on Portage Lane. It did not appear anything was taken.

A 72-year-old woman called police after her 28-year-old daughter called her and said she was lost on a trail on Mount Erie around 5 p.m. An officer called the lost woman on her cell phone but the connection was lost seconds later. An officer arrived at the lower parking lot of Mount Erie and found the woman had made her way out on her own. She had no flashlight and was using GPS on her phone to attempt to navigate around trying to get to Whistle Lake and back.

A 47-year-old Arizona woman was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass after returning to a store where she wasn’t allowed. She was reportedly yelling and making rude comments to employees and customers before officers arrived. Officers noted she continued making rude comments as she was escorted outside. She was cited and released.

On routine patrol, an officer drove by a residence where a 41-year-old man with a felony warrant lived. His vehicle was there and his mother, who answered the door, said he was in his bedroom. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to jail.

A 28-year-old Idaho man called to report he had caught someone trying to steal from the construction yard on R Avenue just before 9 p.m. The man saw lights begin to flicker in the construction office, so he went to fill the generator with gas. The man saw a person amongst the construction equipment and confronted the other person. That person turned around and punched the first man in the forehead. The man threw the person to the ground, but he got away. Officers were unable to find him.

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

A 49-year-old Anacortes woman reported the window screen on the back of her residence on 39th Street appeared to have been partially pried away. There were also some shoe prints against two back doors. The officer advised her on security measures and told her to call police if she sees a person who does not appear to belong in the area.

A resident called police to report a male feeding gulls, which annoyed the caller. No action was taken as nothing illegal happened.

A resident called to notify police of standing water on Highway 20. The officer noted this is a common problem after heavy rains and the state Department of Transportation knows.

A 38-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license and not having an ignition interlock on her vehicle. An officer stopped her on Commercial Avenue for having a badly damaged rear taillight. She was cited and released.

An officer pulled over a vehicle for having expired registration on Q Avenue. The 29-year-old Sedro-Woolley man who was driving stated he had just purchased the vehicle three days ago and didn’t realize the registration was expired. Dispatch confirmed the vehicle had been sold in late September. K-9 T-Bone was deployed around the vehicle, but did not provide a change of behavior. The man was cited for failure to transfer title within 45 days and expired registration and released.

A 26-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on a charge of theft after officers found butter and an energy drink stuffed in his waistband at a grocery store. Officers were originally called around 4 p.m. for an intoxicated man the store wanted removed. The man voluntarily left the store. An officer expressed concern due to his high level of intoxication and offered him a ride home -- he would just need to be patted down for weapons. The man reportedly put his hands on his head, which made his sweatshirt lift up and the food items visible. He told officers he had purchased the items earlier at a different grocery store. Officers also found a bottle of vodka in his pants leg and two protein bars in a pocket. He was arrested. Aid was called to check his medical status and he was given a ride home.

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

A package theft was reported by a 39-year-old Anacortes resident in the 1800 block of 36th Street. The caller reported a vehicle slowly drove down her street and pulled into her neighbor’s driveway around 9 a.m. A woman then got out of the passenger side and walked to the front door, returning with a package. An officer was later able to talk with the homeowner, who found the package near her door. It had been opened and there was a note on it saying it had been found in the front yard of a home on 24th Street. The woman reported nothing was missing from the package.

More than $1,100 worth of tools were reported stolen from a construction job site on West Second St. The front door had been found standing open and tools were taken from throughout the house.

A second theft at a construction site on West Second Street was reported shortly after. A $100 camera scope was reportedly taken from inside the home.

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

A 62-year old Anacortes driver was cited for operating a motor vehicle without insurance after she became distracted for a moment and her sedan struck the rear of an SUV stopped at a traffic light on SR 20 where it intersects Christianson Road. There were no injuries.

Just before midnight on Thursday night, an APD Officer contacted the driver of an older European sedan in the parking lot of a closed business on the 900 block of 37th Street. The 26-year old male was holding a device commonly used to ingest illegal drugs in his right hand at the time of contact and offered a consent to search the remainder of his vehicle for other illegal items therein. Several pieces of burnt aluminum foil were discovered as well as several plastic baggies with residue. The man was placed under arrest and transported to his residence. He faces possible drug charges as a result of the discoveries.

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

At 11:30 Friday night, an APD Officer on patrol on SR 20 near Sharpes Corner observed an SUV fail to use a turn signal for a lane change and cut off another motorist, nearly causing a collision. The officer pulled the SUV over to speak with the 24-year old Oak Harbor driver. The driver told the officer that he was sorry for cutting off the car and that he was anxious to get home from work. A routine driver’s check revealed that his license was suspended. He was cited and released for driving with license suspended after agreeing to call a friend for a ride.

Note: Anacortes Police Department policy is to not include names or addresses of businesses or individuals that call 911 for police assistance, though this information is a matter of public record.