Police Beat

Two cars, both Jeeps, were hit by rocks thrown at them on Commercial Ave. one night this week. In one case a windshield was damaged. In the other, a side window.

Shortly after 6 pm on Thursday, Dec. 4, Police responded to the 2500 block of Commercial Avenue per the report of a vehicle being struck by a thrown rock while traveling on Commercial Avenue. The reporting party stated that the side window on his Jeep had been struck by the rock causing approximately $500 in damage. The rock was thrown by an unidentified juvenile standing near a business on the 2800 block of Commercial. The driver stated that he had been a victim of a similar incident several months previous. Police were not able to locate any juveniles in the area.

A similar incident occurred approximately an hour later on the 2800 block of Commercial Avenue. A Jeep sustained $500 damage to the windshield due to a rock being thrown by an unidentified juvenile. Police were unable to locate the subject in this incident.

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

Thursday, Nov. 27

12:00 am.  The Anacortes Police responded to a call referencing a 16 year-old juvenile female from Eastsound who was stranded at the ferry terminal on Ferry Terminal Road. The responding officer spoke with the subject who had arrived in Anacortes with two individuals she did not know very well. They left her at the ferry terminal with money to return but she stated that she did not know anyone in Anacortes. The officer detected an odor of intoxicants coming from the girl, who stated that she did not know how much she drank and it had been approximately two hours since she had had anything. A voluntary personal breath test yielded positive results and the subject admitted to drinking straight Vodka while waiting to board the ferry. The subject was taken into custody and charged with Minor in Possession, then released to a sober adult.

9:02 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer was concluding a traffic stop for violation of an intermediate license (passengers under 21 years of age) and sent four unidentified juvenile passengers on foot from the vehicle to walk the rest of the way to their destination. One of the passengers, a 17 year-old male from Anacortes, approached another officer at the scene and asked for a courtesy ride home. The officer detected alcohol on the breath of the juvenile and further investigation determined that the subject had been drinking. He was taken into custody and charged with Minor in Possession before a courtesy transport was provided to his home where he was released to his father.

Saturday, Nov. 29

7:46 pm.  Employees of a business on the 1300 block of Commercial contacted Police when an intoxicated patron began threatening other customers. Anacortes Police responded to the scene and were initially unable to locate a subject matching the description given by employees. Approximately 15 minutes later Police contacted a 27 year-old Vancouver, Wash. man who matched the description of the suspect. He admitted to having been at that location and stated that he didn’t know why he had run from Police. Further investigation revealed that a backpack containing drug paraphernalia that had been thrown in the bushes nearby was also associated with the suspect. As a result, the suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Anacortes Police Department on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also ordered not to return to the business where he was threatening customers, and released at the scene.

Monday, Dec. 1

5:24 pm.  A 17 year-old Anacortes girl was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of 11th Street and Commercial Avenue. The vehicle, driven by a 67 year-old Anacortes man, was crossing Commercial eastbound on 11th Street at the time of the collision. The juvenile was treated at the scene for minor bruising and Anacortes Police Officers took statements from both parties involved.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

9:00 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was on patrol on the 1100 block of L Avenue and witnessed a driver with a cell phone to her ear traveling through a school zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the 33 year-old Anacortes woman driving the vehicle was asked to provide her license, proof of insurance, and registration. She was unable to provide a valid driver’s license and further investigation determined that her license was suspended and she was supposed to have a functioning Ignition Interlock Device in her vehicle, which she did not. She was placed under arrest and issued a citation for 3rd Degree Driving With a Suspended License and Operating a Vehicle Without an Ignition Interlock. She was released at the scene.

5:34 pm.  A 36 year-old Oak Harbor woman was contacted by Police on Sunset Avenue for exceeding the speed limit by approximately 15 miles per hour. The officer spoke with the woman who admitted that her license was suspended. The subject was arrested, issued a criminal citation for 3rd Degree Driving with A Suspended License and a traffic citation for speeding, and released on scene awaiting a ride from a friend.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

2:15 am.  While on routine patrol on 20th Street, an officer observed a black SUV run the stop sign at the intersection of 20th Street and Q Avenue. The officer made a traffic stop on the vehicle and noted a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle. The driver, a 26 year-old male from Issaquah, admitted to having “a couple” drinks and was taken into custody for DUI investigation. At the station, the driver provided two breath samples measuring .098 and .091 blood alcohol, which is over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was issued a citation for DUI and transported to the Skagit County Jail.

2:14 pm.  A representative from a local church contacted Police to report the theft of a portable sign that was set up on the corner of 12th Street and D Avenue. The sign is valued at approximately $100 and a similar incident had occurred in the past. There are no suspects in this case.

2:21 pm.  Representatives from the Anacortes High School contacted Police to report the theft of a laptop valued at approximately $250 that belongs to the school district. Identifying information for the device was provided to the Police for investigation. There are no suspects in this case.

Thursday, Dec. 4

4:38 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol witnessed the driver of a white Chevy pickup fail to use a turn signal multiple times and initiated a traffic stop on the 900 block of 27th Street. Further conversation with the male driver revealed that he had not transferred title on his vehicle despite at least two warnings by Police to do so within 45 days as required by law. As a result, he was taken into custody, charged with Failure to Transfer Title within 45 Days, and advised not to drive the vehicle until the title was transferred. He was released at the scene.

2:32 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer contacted the driver of a maroon Mazda pickup on the 2400 block of Commercial Avenue after confirming that the 20 year-old Mount Vernon man was driving with a suspended license. When the officer approached the subject he stated, “Yea, I saw you” and admitted that he should not have been driving. He was issued a citation for 3rd Degree Driving With a Suspended License.

5:25 pm.  A 24 year-old Anacortes woman was contacted at the Anacortes Library after Anacortes Police confirmed that there was an active warrant for her arrest out of Burlington Municipal Court for Disorderly Conduct. A search of the subject resulted in the location of a plastic pen tube wrapped in tape with brown residue. She was placed under arrest, charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and booked and released on her warrant.

7:00 pm.  A 14 year-old juvenile was taken into custody by Anacortes Police near a store on Commercial Avenue where it was confirmed that he had taken a $10 package of Oreo cookies. The store manager stated that he wanted the subject removed from the store and a search of the juvenile incident to arrest yielded the discovery of a glass marijuana pipe and a small plastic pouch containing marijuana. Officers also suspected that the juvenile had been drinking that day and a personal breath test reading of .016 confirmed their suspicion. As a result of his actions, the juvenile was removed from the grocery store and referred to the prosecutor on charges of Minor in Possession of Alcohol and Possession of 40 grams or less of marijuana. He was released from the juvenile holding area of the APD to his mother. 

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557 Skagit Cases (+8)
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60 Hospitalizations (+1)
15 Deaths (+0)
434 Recovered
12,263 Tested
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5.9% Positive

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