Police Beat

Anacortes Police arrested a motorcyclist for reckless driving and eluding police following a chase on highway 20 east out of town to Sharpes Corner, then back into town early Friday morning.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on the 2000 block of Q Avenue at around 1am Friday morning, Dec. 19, saw and heard a motorcycle quickly accelerate westbound on 24th Street. The Officer followed the motorcycle to SR 20 traveling eastbound at the posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour when the driver accelerated much faster and began to pull away from the Officer. The Officer activated his emergency lights and pursued the motorcycle to Sharpe’s Corner where the driver made a U-turn and traveled back towards Anacortes on westbound SR 20. Two other Anacortes Officers engaged in the pursuit at the intersection of SR 20 and R Avenue. They continued north on Q until the roundabout at Q/R Avenue when they suspended the pursuit.

Officers found the suspect’s motorcycle a short time later parked in front of an apartment on O Avenue. The subject was contacted on foot by Officers at a nearby location and taken into custody. The 38 year-old Anacortes man told Police he had fled because he was scared. He also mentioned that he had purchased the motorcycle that day and wanted to see how fast it could go and admitted to not having a valid driver’s license. The subject was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on an investigative hold for Reckless Driving, Eluding, and 3rd Degree Driving With a Suspended License.

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

Saturday, Dec. 13

1:30 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on routine patrol on the 1200 block of 7th Street observed a black 1996 Volkswagen with an inoperable rear license plate light so he initiated a traffic stop. The 41 year-old Anacortes man driving the vehicle readily admitted that he did not have a license and further investigation revealed that the subject had two bench warrants out of the Mount Vernon Municipal Court for FTC DV-No Contact/Protection Order and FTC DV-Telephone Harassment. The subject was taken into custody, charged with Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License, and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrants.

5:34 pm.  An Anacortes Police Sergeant responded to the scene of a traffic stop which had been initiated by another Officer on the 1100 block of 4th Street and N Avenue. The Police Sergeant contacted a 50 year-old Anacortes man who was walking within 10 feet of the violator vehicle holding out his cell phone in front of him. The subject stated that it was his 4th Amendment right to video the incident. The Sergeant confirmed that he had a right to video the incident, but asked him to step across the street to do so in order for the officer to complete his traffic stop. The subject refused to comply with multiple verbal commands given by the Sergeant to move to the opposite side of the road and was taken into custody and charged with Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer. He was released at the scene.  

Sunday, Dec. 14

12:27 pm.  A 60 year-old Anacortes woman was driving her silver 2000 Pontic southbound on M Avenue and was distracted by her passenger causing her to run the stop sign on M and 32nd and strike a 1999 Chevy traveling westbound on 32nd Street. The driver of the Pontiac was cited for Failure to Stop at Stop Sign (w/Accident). There were no injuries.

Monday, Dec. 15

3:16 pm.  Anacortes Police responded to a cold burglary call in which several thousand dollars of cash and approximately $1,800 worth of tools and alcohol were taken from a boat moored at an Anacortes marina. The owner of the boat told Police that he had left town earlier in the weekend and returned to his boat on Sunday, when he discovered the items missing and several items moved around inside. Police processed several items on scene including a can and bowl of soup believed to have been used by the suspect. Investigation continues.

5:05 pm.  A 66 year-old Oak Harbor woman was issued a moving violation for Following Too Close when the Toyota Camry she was driving struck a Chevy van that was following a late model Honda SUV which was also involved in the collision. There were no injuries.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

1:28 am.  Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of 15th Street per the report of screaming in the woods. Officers responded and contacted a 37 year-old male who was asleep in his tent. He said he suffered from a condition deemed “Sleep Growling” and was shaking due to not having any alcohol for a long time. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the APD where he was charged with Second Degree Criminal Trespass. An Officer provided a courtesy transport back to the location of his belongings and advised him to remove them from the scene immediately.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

2:06 pm.  An Anacortes resident contacted Police to report a broken driver’s side mirror on his vehicle. According to the report, the mirror was intact the previous evening and there was no clear evidence showing how the damage had occurred. There are no suspects in this case.

8:50 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer was on a traffic stop on SR 20 when a vehicle with three adult occupants pulled up behind him. The driver of the vehicle told the Officer that he had been called by the driver of the vehicle being pulled over in case he needed a ride. Further investigation at the scene revealed that one of the occupants, a 30 year-old female from Concrete, had one felony warrant for her arrest as well as two misdemeanor warrants. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail where she was booked on her warrants. 

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79 Deaths
66,524 Fully Vaccinated
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