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Police listed no reportable incidents for three days this week, but said they nabbed a teenager driving 89 miles per hour on Highway 20 near the Sharpes Corner roundabout on Thursday night.

An APD Officer was patrolling SR 20 near the intersection of South Fidalgo Bay Road late Thursday night, June 21, when he observed a late model sports car traveling 89 miles per hour on the highway. The officer caught up with the car on the west side of Sharpes Corner and pulled him over. The 17-year-old male immediately admitted that he should not have been driving that way and thought he was going approximately 70 miles per hour. The driver provided a copy of his intermediate license and all other requested documents. He was taken into custody for reckless driving and released on scene after receiving a copy of his citation.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

On Saturday afternoon at 3PM, APD Officers responded to the 2000 block of Commercial Avenue to investigate a two-car motor vehicle accident that was blocking the road. The reporting party thought that one of the drivers looked disoriented. Two cars were involved in the rear-end collision—a pickup truck as the lead car, followed by a late model sports car that was the at-fault vehicle. The sports car sustained considerable damage, but no one was injured. The at-fault driver, a 53-year-old woman from Anacortes, admitted to consuming alcohol earlier that afternoon and had a difficult time with roadside tests, nearly falling over on several occasions. She provided a breath sample with results of over two times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was booked in the county jail on a DUI charge.

Early Saturday afternoon, an APD Officer drove by a home in the 2000 block of M Avenue and observed a man known to police who had five warrants out of the Anacortes Municipal Court. In addition, the man was at the residence of a person named in a protection order against him. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in the county jail on the warrants and a violation of a no contact order charge.  

At 10PM on Saturday, APD Officers were dispatched to a physical fight in the area of Storvik Park. The fight had stopped by the time officers arrived, however, there were witnesses to the event and a 17-year-old juvenile male who initiated the confrontation was identified. According to witnesses, the suspect arrived at the park and began hitting and kicking another juvenile male several times before leaving the area. Later in the evening, an officer contacted the male suspect at his home and took him into custody for 4th degree assault. He was later released to a family member.

Just after 11PM on Saturday, an APD Officer observed a man stumble across Commercial Avenue and get into the driver’s seat of an older model SUV. The officer later observed the same vehicle traveling southbound on Commercial swerving drastically as it did so. The officer pulled the vehicle over to speak with the 54-year-old Poulsbo man who was driving. The man’s eyes were droopy and glazed over and when asked if he had been drinking, the man stated that he had “a couple.” The man had slurred speech and he agreed to take roadside sobriety tests, but had a hard time standing up and had to hold onto his vehicle for support when doing so. The driver fell to the ground during one portion of the roadside tests. He was taken into custody for DUI and transported to the police station to be processed. He was later released to a sober adult.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

At 7PM on Wednesday evening, APD Officers responded to an apartment near the police station per the report of a possible domestic violence incident in progress. Investigation on scene revealed that a husband and wife were in a verbal argument that turned physical and the woman, a 60-year-old from Anacortes, struck her husband multiple times in the face, at least one of those times with a phone in her hand. Officers spoke with the husband and observed injuries consistent with a strike to the face. The woman was taken into custody and booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on a domestic violence assault charge. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Just after midnight on Thursday morning, an APD Sergeant on patrol on Fidalgo Bay Road observed a bike parked along the road and she stepped out to investigate. The Sergeant heard voices from the trees off the roadway and a tent occupied by at least one woman who poked her head out of the tent in response to the flashlight that was directed towards the tent. A routine check of the 54-year-old revealed that she had two arrest warrants and she was taken into custody and released on scene since the jail declined to accept her. She agreed to appear at her court dates in late June.

Friday, June 22, 2018

A man and woman known to police ran from an APD Sergeant who recognized them as they walked along the road on Hillcrest Drive about 1:20 on Friday morning. The Sergeant knew that both of them had warrants for their arrest so she stepped out of her vehicle and called out to them to stop but they ran off, splitting up in two different directions. The Sergeant continued chasing the male and caught up with him on R Avenue when he tripped and fell on the grass. He was taken into custody for several warrants, including four out of Anacortes Municipal Court and one felony warrant issued by the Department of Corrections. He was booked in the county jail on his warrants and faces possible charges of obstructing and violation of a no contact order for being with the woman who fled the scene even though it was prohibited by law.

Just after 2:30 on Friday morning, an APD Officer was dispatched to a one-car motor vehicle accident on Anaco Beach Road. The person calling in the report told the dispatcher that the car struck a mailbox and appeared to be disabled. While in route to the call, a one-shoed man standing along the road waved the officer down and told him that he had just crashed his car. The man was unsteady on his feet and a strong smell of alcohol was emanating from him. After speaking with the officer for a few minutes, the man became agitated and was taken into custody without incident for DUI by officers. In addition to providing a breath sample of over twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle, officers searched the man’s damaged SUV and discovered a burnt marijuana joint and the vehicle smelled of burnt marijuana. He was transported to the police department to be processed for DUI and later released with a copy of his DUI and driving while license suspended citations.

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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