Police Beat

It must have been quite a sight when a car, apparently going well over the 25 mph speed limit, went airborne at the 22nd St./R Ave. roundabout on Tuesday night.

At 8:40PM on Tuesday, March 20, an APD Sergeant responded to a one-car accident at 22nd Street and R Avenue. Initial reports were that the involved sedan crashed into the roundabout, the vehicle went airborne, and it crashed when it landed. Investigation on scene, including a conversation with the 26-year-old male driver and a witness, supported the initial information and suggested that the car was moving well over the posted 25mph speed in that area due to the long distance the car traveled once it went into the air. The driver and sole occupant of the sedan was not injured. He told police that he did not know how the accident occurred, but he was distraught due to a disagreement he was having with his girlfriend. The driver was cited for reckless driving and given a ride home.

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

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Just after 3PM on Saturday, an APD Officer on patrol observed a 23-year-old Anacortes man known to police on the 1600 block of O Avenue. The officer ran a records check through dispatch and it returned with a theft warrant out of the Anacortes Municipal Court. The man was taken into custody and later booked and released on his warrant.

A 29-year-old Friday Harbor man was arrested while walking near the corner of H Avenue and 36th Street on Saturday afternoon at 4:15PM. APD Officers responded to the area after someone called in a complaint of a suspicious looking male in the area. A routine check on the man revealed that he had a felony warrant out of the San Juan County Superior Court for residential burglary. The man was taken into custody and searched incident to arrest. Officers discovered a zippered pouch containing used hypodermic needles, a container of saline solution, and partial remnants of a tin can with burnt heroin residue. The man was booked in the county jail on his warrants and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 46-year-old Anacortes woman was charged with criminal trespassing on Sunday evening. Staff from a local grocery store called 911 dispatch after recognizing the woman and asking her to leave because she was trespassed (ed: police jargon for banned) from the store less than a year prior.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

An APD Officer was dispatched to the Anacortes Airport on Sunday morning to speak with an airplane owner about damage done to his Cessna airplane. The plane owner told police that sometime in the previous two days, the nosepiece on the Cessna was scraped with enough force to remove the paint down to the metal. There was no suspect information available, however, the owner suspected that another plane passed by and may have scraped the nose of his plane with a wing. Estimated cost of repair to the nosepiece is $1,000.

A local condominium owner called police on Sunday afternoon to report that three washing machine locks were tampered with, an incident that would cost him $450 to repair.  

Just before 9:30 PM on Sunday, an APD Officer on patrol pulled over an older model sedan to speak with the driver about the expired registration tabs on the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the 18-year-old Mount Vernon driver purchased the car from a family member in August 2017. The driver was taken into custody for failure to transfer title, cited, and released from the scene after agreeing to appear in court later in the month.

Monday, March 19, 2018

APD Officers were dispatched to Stankus Place to investigate a report of possible drug activity. Officers contacted an SUV in the area and spoke with the man who owned the car and a female passenger regarding the reason for the contact. The female passenger, a 21-year-old from Anacortes known to police, had a warrant for her arrest out of the Oak Harbor Police Department for theft. She was arrested on her warrant and transported to the police station. A search of her two bags and a jacket revealed that she had a small vial of methamphetamine and a piece of foil containing burnt heroin residue. She was transported to the county jail and booked on her warrant and an investigative hold for drug possession. The vehicle owner would not provide consent to search the vehicle, so it was impounded pending a search warrant.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A local retailer contacted police on Tuesday morning to request that an officer respond to the business and speak with a female theft suspect in the store. The woman, a 30-year-old known to police, attempted to leave the store with items that set off the security alarm but returned when summoned by a clerk who yelled at her to come back. A search of her purse by staff revealed several cosmetic and personal care items. The store manager requested that the woman be trespassed (ed: police jargon for banned), so she was issued a notice and told that she would be arrested if she returned within 12 months.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

At 10:14PM on Wednesday, an APD Officer investigated a motor vehicle accident at the roundabout on R Avenue and 22nd Street. The reporting party told the 911 dispatcher that a vehicle drove off the road and crashed into a fence near the intersection. The first officer on scene observed a disabled SUV, a badly damaged concrete pole, and the SUV owner, a 67-year-old man from Guemes Island, walking away from the scene. The officer contacted the driver and immediately noticed that he smelled of alcohol. The driver told the officer that he accelerated while trying to negotiate a turn onto 22nd Street from Q Avenue and lost control of his vehicle. The man took several voluntary roadside sobriety tests and had a difficult time following basic instructions and maintaining his balance. He then provided a breath sample yielding results over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody for DUI and later released from the police department to a sober friend.

A local man and woman were arrested by Anacortes Police Officers on Thursday afternoon in the Island Hospital parking lot. Officers were looking for the older model station wagon the two were driving in after someone called 911 to report that they were removing packages off people’s porches on 10th Street. The two were taken to the police department to be interviewed and their car was impounded due to a large amount of what appeared to be mail in the rear of the vehicle. Both were released from the police department and face possible theft charges. Investigation continues.

A local church on M Avenue was burglarized sometime during the night on Wednesday. Church representatives told police that the total loss, including property damage, was approximately $1,000. There are no suspects at this time.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Just before eight o’ clock on Friday evening, an APD Officer driving east on SR 20 near Thompson Road was next to an older model van that ran the stop light at the intersection and nearly collided with another vehicle that was turning eastbound. The officer contacted the 23-year-old Mount Vernon driver who was visibly shaken after the near-miss collision. The driver apologized for missing the red light and provided her license and vehicle registration. A routine driver’s check revealed that her license was suspended as of March 2018. She was taken into custody, cited for driving with license suspended, ticketed for running the red light, and released from the scene.

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.

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