Police Beat

An out-of-state driver who was stopped for driving while talking on a cell phone got more than he bargained for.

A 34-year-old Arizona driver was contacted on Monday afternoon by the APD on the 1500 block of 32nd Street for talking on his cell phone while driving. When the officer explained the reason for the stop, the male subject said that he heard it was illegal to talk on your phone in Washington, but had forgotten. Upon further investigation, the APD Officer determined that the subject’s Arizona license was suspended and he had an active interlock device requirement. The subject was taken into custody and charged with criminal citations 3rd Degree Driving With Suspended License and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a Required Ignition Interlock Device. The man also received a traffic citation for Cellphone Use While Operating a Motor Vehicle. He was released was from the scene and walked away on foot. 

Here are some of the other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week.

Friday, Nov. 7

10:17 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer was on routine patrol near the corner of 6th Street and Commercial when he witnessed a silver Subaru with its alarm going off and a gray Infiniti coupe parked very close to the vehicle. As the officer approached the area in his vehicle, the Infinity sped away and was pulled over a block away near the corner of 5th St. and Commercial Ave.

As the officer approached the vehicle the driver and passenger doors opened and the front passenger and driver were told to get back in the car. The front passenger, a 37-year-old male, later determined to be the driver’s spouse, did not comply with verbal commands and was ultimately told to leave the scene. The driver, a 33-year-old Anacortes woman, was contacted and interviewed by the officer. The officer asked the woman if she had been drinking and she said she had one mixed drink that evening. The suspect took several voluntary field sobriety tests and performed poorly on them. A subsequent breath test resulted in a reading of almost twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle.

On several occasions throughout the investigation, the husband of the driver, who was originally asked to leave the scene by the officer, returned to the scene and appeared to become more agitated throughout the investigation. After being asked several times to leave the scene and returning despite officer’s commands, he was taken into custody for Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer. His wife, the driver of the vehicle, was taken into custody with charges of Driving Under the Influence. Both individuals were later released from custody.

Monday, Nov. 10

9:08 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer responded to a report of stolen construction materials and tools valued at approximately $1,500 from a work site on the West side of Anacortes sometime over the course of the weekend. There are no suspects in this case. 

11:40 am.  The Anacortes Animal Control Officer responded to the report of a found Guinea Pig that appeared to be sick. The animal was brought to a local vet clinic and adopted by an employee who will nurse the animal back to good health.

Several Anacortes citizens contacted police to report IRS scam phone calls they had received. The reports were provided for informational purposes only. No exchange of funds was reported in any of these instances.

4:04 pm.  Anacortes Police contacted a transient on the porch of a residence on the 2600 block of R Avenue. The 47-year-old male subject told the officer that he had just stopped to rest. The responding officer asked him to leave the area and he did so without incident.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

An Anacortes PD Officer spoke with a 30-year-old Mount Vernon woman about an incident that had occurred between her and her boyfriend, a 26-year-old Mount Vernon man, on Nov. 11 and 12. The woman stated that the male suspect pulled her hair repeatedly during an argument the previous evening and struck her in the leg multiple times while driving home on Nov. 12. The suspect did not allow her to use her phone to contact anyone when the alleged assaults took place.  The suspect was taken into custody by Mount Vernon PD and he was booked into the Skagit County Jail on charges of Assault 4th Degree Domestic Violence and Interfering With the Reporting of Domestic Violence.

3:02 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer initiated a traffic stop near the corner of SR20 and Reservation Road. The driver, a 48-year-old man from Oak Harbor, had failed to yield a lane for the officer’s vehicle on the shoulder of the road with his emergency lights activated. The officer contacted the man to explain the reason for the stop and discovered that he had no proof of insurance, no valid license, and no installed interlock device, which was required for him to legally drive his vehicle. The subject stated that he had never had a Washington State Driver’s License and was so far behind on paying tickets that he thought it may never be legal for him to drive again in Washington state. The subject was taken into custody and charged with 3rd Degree Driving With a Suspended License and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a Required Interlock Device. He was also issued a traffic citation for Failure to Yield to a Stationary Emergency Vehicle With Emergency Lights Activated. He was released at the scene and his wife drove them away.

Thursday, Nov. 13

11:06 am.  Anacortes Police Officers responded to a woman calling for help in the west parking lot of the Anacortes Police Department. The woman was witness to an argument between a 51- and a 54-year-old male respectively. The argument turned combative when the 51-year-old subject attempted to take the other’s dog. Per the victim’s statement, when confronted, the 51-year-old assaulted the 54-year-old and fled the scene. The victim refused medical treatment and left the scene. Charges for the assailant are pending.

7:13 pm.  A 43-year-old Bellevue man reported the theft of the out-drive and propeller from his boat that was parked at a self-storage unit on the east side of Anacortes. The victim told an Anacortes Police Officer that the perpetrator had gained access to the storage unit through a large hole that had been cut in the fence. Combined value of the items stolen is over $8,000. There are no suspects in this case. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 2021.

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Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times