Police Beat

An Oak Harbor woman was hospitalized for injuries when her car went into a ditch on Heart Lake Road, then back onto the road facing the wrong way.

At 6:20PM on Monday evening, APD Officers were dispatched to Heart Lake Road per the report of a small sedan occupied by several people that went into the ditch, then went airborne before landing on the road. The car was facing south in the northbound lanes when officers arrived and all vehicle occupants were on the side of the road along with two witness who helped get them out. The driver, a 33-year-old woman from Oak Harbor, was transported to the hospital for possible injuries and the front passenger and three young children in the rear of the vehicle were transported to the hospital for evaluation. In speaking with the driver and witnesses, it was determined that speed was a factor in the crash and the woman faces possible charges of reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

At 1:20 on Saturday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on eastbound SR 20 pulled a late model SUV over near Reservation Road for drifting within the lane of travel from the center line to the fog line multiple times. When contacted, the 25-year-old Mount Vernon driver admitted that she was in trouble due to not having a good driver’s license and was in the process of getting it reinstated. The officer also noticed that there was not an ignition interlock device installed in the vehicle though she was required by law to have one. The driver was asked to step out of the car and as she did so, the officer had to grab her arm to keep her from swaying into the roadway. She was placed in handcuffs for driving with license suspended and an ignition interlock violation. When speaking with her, the officer noticed that she smelled of alcohol and she was taken to the police station for DUI processing. A breath sample taken at the station resulted in a reading of approximately three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The driver was booked in the Skagit County Jail for DUI, driving with license suspended, and ignition interlock violation charges.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Just after 2AM on Sunday, an APD Officer on patrol in downtown Anacortes ran a records check on a parked SUV that returned to a 37-year-old Anacortes driver with a suspended driver’s license. A short time later, the officer observed the SUV on Q Avenue and contacted the driver who was placed under arrest for driving with license suspended. She was cited on scene for driving with license suspended and driving while vehicle registration suspended, then released from the scene.

An APD Sergeant was first on scene on Sunday morning to investigate a reported domestic violence incident on the 300 block of 34th Street. A woman called 911 asking for police to contact her boyfriend who was being very aggressive. Officers spoke with the boyfriend and girlfriend on scene and were told that the two got into a verbal argument and the boyfriend, a 37-year-old from Tacoma, began throwing things and pushed his girlfriend multiple times, knocking her off balance each time. The man was determined to be the primary aggressor in the incident and was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault and malicious mischief. He was booked in the Skagit County Community Jail.

Monday, April 2, 2018

A 31-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on Monday morning at approximately 8am after an APD Officer who recognized him from previous contacts saw him driving a white van on K Avenue near 6th Street. The man told police that he was just trying to get to work and admitted that he knew his license was suspended. He was cited on scene and informed of his mandatory court date. He left his vehicle parked along the road and walked from the scene.

At 10:30 on Monday night, APD Officers were dispatched to the hospital to meet with a 52-year-old woman with injuries possibly sustained during a domestic violence incident. In speaking with the woman, it was determined that the injury was sustained while she was in an argument with her husband. Officers spoke with the woman’s husband who stated that the two got into an argument after dinner that evening and his wife initiated physical contact when she jumped on him and put her hands around his neck. When he pushed her away, she fell against a small set of steps and hurt herself. After the woman was evaluated for her injuries, officers took her into custody, transported her to the county jail, and booked her on a domestic violence assault charge.  

Tuesday, April 3, 20198

At 11AM on Tuesday, APD Officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of 12th Street after a 27-year-old man called police to report that he was attempting to move his belongings out of a shared living space with his ex-girlfriend and the two were now in a dispute over some of the items. Investigation on scene revealed that the dispute was ongoing throughout the night and there was some physical contact that occurred when the woman tried to leave the area with a backpack and the man, thinking she was using the backpack to conceal items that belonged to him, forcibly removed it from her back, causing a visible abrasion to her arm. The man was taken into custody for domestic violence assault and transported to jail where he was booked on his charge.

At 9:30 on Tuesday evening, APD Officers went to investigate a domestic violence call on the 3700 block of Portage Lane. A man living there reported that his wife had grabbed and pushed him during a recent argument and the story was confirmed by splitting up the two parties and getting their version of events. The man’s wife, a 28-year-old woman, was booked in the county jail on a domestic violence assault charge.

An APD Officer was on patrol on Ferry Terminal Road early Tuesday morning when she observed a man and woman walking towards two cars in a parking lot, one of which appeared to be in disrepair. The man provided his name and told the officer that he was planning to help the woman change her tire. A routine records check on the man revealed that he had a misdemeanor arrest warrant out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office for driving with license suspended. The officer took the man into custody on his warrant and later booked and released him at the scene as the jail declined to book him on the warrant.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A local woman called police on Wednesday afternoon to report that her late model SUV was struck on Monday evening while parked on the 500 block of Commercial. Her car sustained approximately $2,000 worth of damage in the incident. There are no suspects.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

At 2AM on Wednesday, an APD Officer on patrol on the 2800 block of T Avenue observed a coupe parked in the area and ran a vehicle registration check through dispatch. The registration returned to a 38-year-old Mount Vernon woman with a warrant out of the Anacortes Municipal Court. The owner was asleep in the car and awakened then told that she was under arrest for her warrant. She was taken into custody without incident, then booked and released at 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.