Police Beat

It was a quiet New Years, but three minutes into the new year, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Commercial Avenue per the report of a male subject urinating on a building and turning over planter boxes in the area.

A few moments later, a subject matching the description provided by the reporting party was contacted to discuss the incident. The 27 year-old Anacortes man apologized for the overturned planter box and was given a criminal citation for Disorderly Conduct. He was released at the scene.

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

Saturday, Dec. 27

4:15 am.  A 28 year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody by the Anacortes Police Department per the report of a male subject grabbing his girlfriend around the neck and pushing her around a bedroom in her home. Anacortes Police Officers responded to the area to speak with the victim, but the suspect was nowhere to be found. A short time later the suspect returned to the location where the incident occurred and was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail on charges of Assault 4th Degree Domestic Violence.

Monday, Dec. 29

3:16 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer responded to a restaurant on the 2500 block of Commercial Avenue per the report of a male patron leaving the facility without paying his tab of approximately $75. Officers contacted the 44 year-old Anacortes man at a nearby motel and took him into custody for Third Degree Theft. He was released from the scene after being provided with a no-trespass form from the restaurant.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

4:07 pm.  Two adult males were contacted at their home on West 6th Street by Anacortes Police Officers per the report of a fight at their location. Upon arrival, Officers witnessed two men who were out of breath and it was determined that they had been fighting. The men were roommates and had gotten into an argument about household chores. The subject who initiated the fight was taken into custody for Assault 4th Degree Domestic Violence and transported to the Skagit County Jail.

9:39 pm.  Just before 10 PM a two car, head-on accident occurred on Oakes Avenue just west of Anacopper Road. Oakes Ave was closed at that location for over an hour for investigative purposes. Both cars had a single occupant, and each of them was transported by air to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

One of the drivers was a man in his forties who suffered broken bones and head injuries and was found unconscious at the scene. The other driver was an eighteen year old Anacortes man who suffered serious leg injuries as well as other minor injuries.

The Washington State Patrol took over the accident investigation, assisted by the Anacortes Police Department. Alcohol was found in the vehicle of the older driver, although it is not clear at this time if the driver was impaired at the time of the accident. Investigation continues.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

1:22 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a restaurant on the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue per the report of an unresponsive male slumped over the steering wheel of a Dodge Dakota pickup. The responding Officer unsuccessfully attempted to awaken the male and called for medics to respond to the scene. The 24 year-old male subject acted very confused once the aid crew was able to awaken him. The aid crew determined that the subject did not have any medical issues and he declined further treatment. The Anacortes Police Officer smelled intoxicants on the subject but he ignored the Officer when asked questions. He was taken into custody for investigation of physical control and transported to the Anacortes Police Department. A breath test performed at the Police Department yielded a result of over three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was issued a citation for Physical Control of a Vehicle Under the Influence and released from the scene to a sober adult.

2:41 pm.  A concerned citizen contacted Police after she confronted a male with two children carving their names on a Madrona tree in Washington Park. The male subject also contacted Police and confirmed that a conversation had occurred between the two parties. No crime had occurred and the carving will probably not threaten the survival of the tree, however, all parties involved were reminded that the trees are city property and as such, should be left in their natural state and not tampered with.

5:33 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer was on routine patrol on the 2600 block of R Avenue in Anacortes when she recognized a 53 year-old woman familiar to Police with an outstanding felony warrant for her arrest for First Degree Criminal Trespass and Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription. The woman and accompanying male were contacted on the 800 block of 26th Street. The female subject was taken into custody on her warrant and transported to the Skagit County Jail. Further charges are pending for various drug paraphernalia items found on her at the time of arrest.

6:18 pm.  Anacortes Police responded to a two-vehicle blocking collision at the intersection of R Avenue and SR 20. Both drivers were interviewed by Police and one of the drivers, a 48 year-old Anacortes man, smelled of alcohol. The subject admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages, but would not discuss the number of beverages consumed that afternoon. The subject performed poorly on roadside tests performed on scene and was subsequently taken into custody and transported to the Anacortes Police Department for DUI processing. A breath test yielded results of over two times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was issued a citation for DUI and infractions for Following Too Closely With Accident and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Liability Insurance. The subject was released at the scene to a sober adult.