Police Beat

Anacortes Police were advised shortly after midnight on Saturday morning of a single motor vehicle accident on Whistle Lake Road in Anacortes. Officers arrived on scene to discover that the single occupant of the vehicle, a 22-year-old Anacortes woman, had struck a utility pole with her small Chevrolet sedan, moving the pole three to four inches and causing severe damage to the vehicle. The driver sustained only minor injuries in the collision. Officers detected that the woman had been drinking and she submitted to voluntary roadside tests and a breath test, both of which provided results that suggested she was not fit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was taken into custody, transported to the Anacortes Police Department for a blood alcohol test, and charged with Driving Under the Influence. She was then released to her mother.

Friday, Nov. 21

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

8:12 am.  A marine industry manager contacted the Anacortes Police Department to report the removal of a lock and 9.9 HP outboard motor valued at approximately $500 from their location on Seafarers Way. There are no suspects in this case.

5:22 pm.  A 59-year-old Anacortes woman was taken into custody by Anacortes Police per the report of her taking over $100 worth of food items from a store on the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue. When interviewed by police, the woman stated that she has a problem and she steals things to relieve stress. The store manager opted to press charges and the woman was charged with 3rd Degree Theft and trespassed from that location. She was then released from the scene.

5:24 pm.  Anacortes Police responded to a store on the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue per the report of a male suspect who had stolen food items valued at approximately $11. Police caught up with the suspect a short time later and the 32-year-old Anacortes man admitted to stealing the items and he intended to eat them because he was “starving.” He was charged with 3rd Degree Theft, given a trespass notice from the store, and released at the scene.

Saturday, Nov. 22

8:12 am.  A homeowner from the West side of Anacortes contacted Police to report that his home, which is under construction, was broken into overnight. The responding Anacortes Police Officer investigated at the scene and determined that several hundred dollars worth of tools owned by various contractors were missing and the home, including locking mechanisms and doors, sustained approximately $3,000 damage. Investigation continues. 

10:43 am.  Anacortes Police responded to a store on the 900 block of 11th Street per the report of a 32-year-old Anacortes man who took two boxes of diapers and a small toy without paying for them. Anacortes Police contacted the suspect a short time later via phone and he returned to the scene to discuss the matter. He stated that he forgot to pay for the items, but had cash to cover most of it. The manager of the store opted to allow him to pay for the items, have him removed from the store, and not file charges.

6:15 pm.  An Anacortes Police Sergeant contacted the driver of a black Lexus sedan on the 1000 block of Commercial after he discovered that the registration on the vehicle was not valid. The car had two occupants—a 27-year-old Mount Vernon woman, and her two-year-old son. The Police Sergeant spoke with the female driver to state the reason for the stop and detected an odor of intoxicants and marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver stated that she had not smoked that day and she was just getting off from work. When asked if she had been drinking, she stated she had had one drink approximately two hours previous. The subject was swaying during a voluntary field sobriety test and a breath test resulted in a reading of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. In preparing the suspect for booking at the Skagit County Jail, the Sergeant found one-and-a-half Alprazolam and one amphetamine/dextroamphetamine pill in a Ziploc bag. The suspect was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on the following charges: DUI, Operating a Vehicle with Cancelled Registration, two counts of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, and one count of Reckless Endangerment.

Monday, Nov. 24

1:21 am.  An Anacortes Police Sergeant witnessed a late model Lexus SUV pulling out of a business located on the 900 block of 24th Street at approximately 1:20 AM. The vehicle seemed out of place to the Sergeant since the business was closed at the time, so he continued to observe the vehicle for several blocks driving sporadically and ultimately contacted the driver on the 900 block of 26th Street. The 63-year-old Anacortes man driving the vehicle stumbled out of his car to speak with the Sergeant. The Sergeant smelled a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the subject and asked him if he had been drinking that evening. He initially said no, then admitted to drinking during the Seahawks game earlier in the evening. The subject submitted to a voluntary field sobriety test and stated that he was not able to complete the test. A voluntary breath test yielded results of almost three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the Anacortes Police Department for processing. The subject was charged with DUI and released to a sober adult from the APD.

7:58 pm.  A business on the 3,000 block of R Avenue reported an intoxicated male laying in the entry way at their location. Employees at the facility asked Police to contact the subject and let him know that he was not welcome at their location. The responding Anacortes Police Officer contacted the 70-year-old Burlington man who complied with his request to leave the area.

Wednesday, Nov. 26

12:06 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on the 300 block of Commercial Avenue observed a bicyclist riding without a front light or reflector. The officer made contact with the 42-year-old Anacortes woman who had a warrant for her arrest out of Mount Vernon. She was booked, transported to the APD, and released from custody.

12:59 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was on foot patrol on the 1700 block of Commercial Avenue when a male subject began yelling a woman’s name and walking towards the officer. The officer recognized the subject’s voice and asked him to come speak with her at which point he turned around and began walking away. When asked by the officer to stop, the subject ran away and backup officers were called to the scene to search for the subject. Officers located the subject a short time later hiding in a dumpster behind a business on the 1700 block of Q Avenue. Officers found a cut straw and pieces of foil with heroin residue and he was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and booked at the Skagit County Jail on three Felony Warrants. 

1:52 am.  An Anacortes Police Sergeant responded to call of an interrupted vehicle prowl on Blakely Drive. The reporting party stated that he witnessed a man in his 20’s wearing a hooded sweatshirt and red shoes trying to open the door of his vehicle. When the man yelled at the subject, he ran to a nearby 80’s sedan and drove off. The APD Sergeant was unable to locate the suspect vehicle at that time. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

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