Police Beat

Police on Monday arrested a driver who tested at over three times the legal limit to drive.

At 7:30PM on Monday, May14, an APD Officer on patrol on D Avenue observed an older model Nissan sedan driving 43mph in the posted 30mph zone. The officer contacted the vehicle on 31st Street to speak with the 27-year-old man driving the vehicle. The man opened his window and the officer could immediately smell the odor of alcohol coming from the car. The man provided his license, but had a hard time holding on to his wallet while looking for it. The man’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and his face was flush. He stepped out of the vehicle per the officer’s request to submit to roadside tests. The man had trouble walking and balancing himself during the test and was ultimately arrested for DUI. The driver provided a breath sample during processing at the police station that resulted in over three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was later released to a sober friend with a copy of his citation.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

At 2AM on Saturday, APD Officers were dispatched to 4th Street and Q Avenue per the report of a motor vehicle collision. Investigation on scene revealed that an older model Cadillac was driving eastbound on 4th Street when it went out of its lane of travel and struck a late model Chrysler that was unoccupied at the time. Officers spoke with a local 41-year-old man who had been driving the vehicle at the time of the collision, noticing a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath as they spoke with him. Due to the strong odor of intoxicants and other physical symptoms consistent with intoxication, the man was taken into custody for DUI and transported to the Swinomish Tribal Police Department for processing because another officer was using the APD processing station. The driver provided a breath sample that was nearly twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was transported to the county jail and booked on DUI and driving with license suspended charges.

An APD Sergeant turned off Commercial Avenue on 24th Street towards the police department a little after 2AM on Saturday when she observed a late model Nissan sedan pull out of a gas station in front of her without using a turn signal. The car abruptly pulled to the side of the road in front of her and she later observed it complete a very slow U-turn without using a turn signal so she performed a traffic stop and spoke with the 54-year-old driver from Houston, Texas. The man spoke with slurred speech and admitted to drinking two beers earlier in the evening. He performed poorly on roadside tests, demonstrating poor balance and difficulty following simple instructions. He was taken into custody for DUI and later transported to a sober friend’s house after being processed.

A late model Nissan sedan was struck while parked at a gas station on 12th Street in Anacortes early Saturday afternoon. The victim vehicle sustained approximately $1,000 in damages when it was struck by a pickup driven by an older male who drove off from the scene. Investigation continues.

A 27-year-old Greenbank driver received a traffic infraction for following too close on Saturday afternoon following a collision with another vehicle at the intersection of 17th and Q Avenue. A vehicle slowed in front of him for traffic and he rear-ended the car, causing reportable damage to both cars. No one was injured.

An APD Officer observed an older model Acura traveling 20mph over the posted 55 mph limit on the State Route 20 spur late Saturday night. The 19-year-old Anacortes driver told the officer that he did not have insurance on the car and a routine check also revealed that he did not have a valid driver’s license as of May 11. He was placed under arrest and later released with a copy of a driving with license suspended citation and a ticket for speeding and operating a vehicle without insurance.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Just after noon on Sunday, an APD Corporal contacted a late model sedan that ran a stop sign on Fidalgo Avenue driven by a local 55-year-old known to have a felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. The man was taken into custody without incident and later booked in the county jail on his warrant and an investigative hold for drug possession due controlled substances that were found on him at the time of arrest. APD’s K-9 Officer arrived on scene and T-Bone was deployed around the vehicle and exhibited a change of behavior consistent with controlled substances in the car. All passengers in the vehicle were informed that they would need to exit the car. One of the passengers, a 34-year-old Anacortes woman known to police, had an uncapped syringe on the floorboard of the car at her feet and she was taken into custody and placed in a patrol car. In addition, another male passenger was taken into custody on an arrest warrant and searched incident to arrest. During the search, the officer discovered a methamphetamine pipe containing meth residue. He was later booked and released on his warrant and faces additional drug possession charges.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Just before 9PM on Tuesday an APD Officer was dispatched to an apartment on 23rd Street to speak with a woman whose vehicle and storage shed had been accessed by an unknown party sometime overnight. The only items that were confirmed missing were a small Weber grill and a bag of charcoal. There are no suspects or leads at this time.

Friday, May 18, 2018

A 54-year-old Oak Harbor man was issued a negligent driving infraction on Friday morning after the Ford pickup he was driving struck a Toyota pickup in front of him. The Ford pickup driver told the responding officer that he was stopped for traffic on SR 20 near Reservation Road and was looking in his rearview mirror at an approaching vehicle when his vehicle lurched ahead and struck the pickup in front of him, deploying his airbag. There were no injuries.

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.